Training the U.S. military’s elite paratroopers and special operators is one of the key missions of Fort Bragg.
So it’s perfectly natural that superstars of Major League Baseball would visit Fort Bragg in the run up to spring training.
The Boys of Summer will be at the Home of the Airborne and Special Operations Wednesday and Thursday, to meet with servicemembers and middle school students, conduct physical training, fire weapons with Army special operators and learn more about Fort Bragg-based military operations and training.
After physical training and meeting with Soldiers Feb. 6, the culminating event will be a wiffle ball game with MLB greats and Fort Bragg servicemembers. First pitch is scheduled for 1:45 p.m., at Ritz-Epps Physical Fitness Center.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to host the MLB and Fox Sports at Fort Bragg,” said Tom McCollum, Fort Bragg spokesman. “This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce the men who play America’s game to the warriors who protect our way of life and the luxury of watching a game that some many love.”
Cleatus the Robot, from Fox Sports, along with several MLB players are scheduled to attend the event.
On Wednesday, players and Fox Sports Girls, are slated to conduct physical training at Fort Bragg’s Noncommissioned Officer Academy and later have lunch at the 82nd Airborne Division CAB dining facility. They will meet with students at Albritton Junior High School, pack parachutes with riggers, jump from the Advanced Airborne School’s 34-foot jump tower and conduct a youth camp for pre-selected Family members at Tolson Youth Activities Center.