Community Heroes Week, launched in 2016, is a week-long community initiative that highlights remarkable stories intended to inspire individuals into action in their own communities.
Throughout Community Heroes Week, the Braves Foundation and FOX Sports South shine a spotlight on individuals and organizations worthy of recognition and support. Each day is designed for honorees to share their inspirational stories with Braves players, coaches, fans and the media, while being surprised with the day of their dreams.
Last season, each Community Hero received a surprise visit from a huge Braves caravan transported on the FOX Sports Fan Express carrying Atlanta Braves players, coaches, mascot, tomahawk team, and broadcasters. Later that evening, they were treated to a VIP experience at the ballpark including batting practice and the chance to meet the rest of the team. Additionally, each honorees' story was shared with Braves fans during the game and on the FOX Sports South broadcast.
During the nomination period, leading up to Community Heroes Week, the Braves Foundation and FOX Sports South rely heavily on the community to share stories about people who positively impact the lives of others. If you know of someone who goes above and beyond to the make a difference in this community, we want to hear all about them!
Nominations are now closed. Please check back June 19-23 to meet our 2017 Community Heroes!
Hal Simpson is a devoted father, community leader, and sports enthusiast. As a result of Hal's son being visually impaired, Hal created the Georgia Blind Sports Association, which provides visually impaired athletes the opportunity to participate in adapted sports.
Andee is the manager of her school's softball team. An avid Braves fan, each year she spends her birthday at a Braves game. In 2011, Andee suffered a massive stroke and did not walk, talk, eat or drink for 20 months. Andee along with the help of friends and family created Andee's Army, to provide assistance for children who have suffered brain and spinal injuries.
Zack, a junior at the University of Georgia, established The Backpack Project, whose mission is to ease the burden of homelessness by making backpacks filled with food, clothes, and toiletries and distributing them to the homeless.
Gino, a high school baseball player, suffers from a chronic form of leukemia. Gino founded the P4 Foundation, a nonprofit that provides financial and educational resources for pediatric cancer patients.