A Soldier’s Hike for our Heroes
Commemorative Bat Supports 7,000-Mile Drum Hike

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Slugger® is going to bat for deployed military men and women and their families.  The company that makes the Official Bat of Major League Baseball® is making special bats to honor and support the military.  $10 from the sale of each of these special bats will be donated to Hike for Our Heroes, which supports the Soldiers’ Angels organization.

The special Louisville Slugger bats are in honor of deployed American military and their families and the sacrifices they make to keep our country safe and free.  The idea came as Louisville Slugger prepared to work with SPC Troy Yocum, an Iraq War veteran fromLouisville, who plans to hike 7,000 miles across America over the course of 16 months.  His journey begins on Saturday, April 17th at 9:00 a.m. at the Big Bat outside Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.  He will play his drum as he hikes across the country to “drum up” support for deployed military and their families.

“We’re honored to support Troy’s effort to help the families of deployed American military men and women,” said Hillerich & Bradsby Co. VP of Corporate Communications Rick Redman.  “Our soldiers, sailors, and airmen and women make incredible sacrifices for their country and for all of us back home.  We are grateful for their service.”

The special bats come in black or natural finish and have a special “Drum Hike” logo for Troy’s Hike for Our Heroes journey.  In addition, purchasers of these special Louisville Slugger bats can have their own name or someone else’s name engraved on the barrel along with special messages such as “Honoring Military Families” or “National Day of the Deployed.”

“I and many others connected to the U.S. military hope to one day see Washington recognize our military with a National Day of the Deployed,” Yocum said.  “I’ll be gathering signatures from mayors and governors on these special Drum Hike logo Louisville Slugger bats as I hike across America.  I plan to present the signed bats to the White House and seek the President’s support for a National Day of the Deployed.”

The special Drum Hike logo personalized bats are $75 each, with Louisville Slugger donating $10 from each bat sold to Hike for Our Heroes and military families.  The bats can be purchased at www.sluggergifts.com or by going to www.drumhike.com.