Swisher on Feller Act of Valor Award: ‘First thing that comes to mind is honor and pride’
The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation has recognized Tribe first baseman/designated hitter Nick Swisher for his integrity and named him a winner of one of its 2014 awards.
The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation, in its second year, honors three winners each year—one U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer, one Baseball Hall of Famer, and one current Major League Baseball player. All of these winners represent the values and integrity that Bob Feller displayed on and off the field.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson (U.S. Navy) and Hall of Famer and former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda join Swisher as the 2014 recipients of this award. All three winners will receive their awards at a ceremony on November 5, 2014, at The United States Navy Memorial in Washington.
Swisher’s service in the community and his support overseas undoubtedly touch the lives of those in the U.S. military.
Swisher said he was honored to be mentioned with a name such as Bob Feller.
“The first thing that comes to mind is honor and pride. For me, just to be in the same breath as a man like Bob Feller, I could not be more honored to be in this position,” Swisher said. “I could not be more grateful to receive this award, something that is near and dear to my heart.”
Swisher, whose grandfather served in the U.S. military during the Korean War, continues to support the military through his charitable efforts. He works with the Wounded Warriors Program and also supports Philips Norelco’s projects on Operation Homefront. Both Nick and his wife, Joanna Garcia Swisher, have brought their enthusiasm and energy to the troops in Afghanistan on several occasions.
“I’ve spent countless hours with the U.S. military — all branches — just to be able to be with them and to see what they go through each and every day,” Swisher said. “These men and women are fighting for our freedom; they give us what we have today. They deserve all the credit.
“For a man like Bob Feller, who was not only one amazing baseball player but [also served] his country the way he did, what an honorable man. Wish I had the chance to meet him. To accept this award, I could not be more honored. Thank you so much.”
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–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden