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Champions of Valor Nominations

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award celebrates players who uphold the values of Bob Feller's commitment to both military service and baseball. Nominees should demonstrate a deep commitment not only to supporting service members and veterans but also to fostering childhood development and engaging in public advocacy within their communities. The expanded criteria for nominees include active involvement in community service, leadership in personal or community-based charitable initiatives, support for youth development, public advocacy that extends beyond military concerns, and a sustained dedication to these principles.

Who would be a great nominee?

"Champions of Valor" is more than just a title—it's a call to action. It invites us to live up to the highest standards of service, sacrifice, and community spirit. This award seeks individuals whose actions not only improve their own lives but also make a significant positive impact on society.

We value long-lasting efforts and look for nominees who consistently dedicate themselves to their communities and causes over time.

This year, we're looking to celebrate those who go beyond the game, those who strengthen their communities and stand as examples of commitment and kindness. Our nomination criteria focus on honoring those who actively engage in community service, support service members and veterans, aid in childhood development, and advocate for important causes—all reflections of Bob Feller's enduring legacy.

Past Recipients of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

2013 Justin Verlander 2014 Nick Swisher 2015 Jonathon Lucroy 2016 Brad Ziegler 2017 Darren O’Day 2018 Sean Doolittle 2019 Ian Kennedy 2020 Craig Stammen 2021 Griffin Jax 2022 Byron Buxton 2023 Jon Gray


Nominating a player for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award enhances MLB Community Impact initiatives by showcasing the team's commitment to service and community engagement. It highlights the player's philanthropic efforts, fostering positive relationships with military personnel, veterans, and the broader community. This nomination not only recognizes the player's dedication but also elevates the team's brand as a force for social good, deepening community bonds and instilling pride among fans.

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Nominees should reflect the four pillars of valor:

An embodiment of selflessness and dedication, a nominee for the Champions of Valor award exemplifies the highest ideals of service. They go above and beyond to serve others, whether it's through acts of kindness, volunteering, or serving their community or country in a meaningful way. Their commitment to service extends beyond themselves.

A true champion of valor understands the meaning of sacrifice. They willingly give up their own comforts, desires,  for the greater good. Their sacrifices, whether big or small, reflect a profound commitment to a cause greater than themselves, inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.

The legacy of a Champions of Valor nominee is one of inspiration and impact. They leave behind a lasting imprint on the hearts and minds of others, shaping the future for generations to come. Through their actions, they create a legacy of honor, integrity, and service that serves as a guiding light for all who follow.

Citizenship is more than just a legal status—it's a commitment to being an active and engaged member of society. A nominee for the Champions of Valor award strives to make their community, nation, and world a better place for all, embodying the true spirit of citizenship.

Examples of Community Engagement and Support

  1. Service Member Support:
    Nominees should engage in activities such as hosting meet-and-greet sessions, providing financial support for military charities, and organizing events benefiting service members.

  2. Childhood Development Support:
    Collaborating with organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, conducting clinics or workshops for children from underprivileged or military backgrounds, and sponsoring educational programs are examples of actions that align with this pillar.

  3. Community Engagement:
    Nominees should actively participate in a broad range of community initiatives, including offering complimentary tickets and organizing events for military families, as well as engaging with the wider community. Ideal candidates also spearhead or support events that partner with local organizations focused on childhood development and collaborate with groups that aid various community needs.            

  4. Public Advocacy and Awareness:
    Nominees should be actively involved in a wide range of community initiatives, not just those serving military families. This includes using their public platforms to raise awareness about various social issues, advocating for policies that benefit underserved populations, and participating in campaigns that support diverse community groups, including but not limited to service members, veterans, and children. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a commitment to engaging with and uplifting all sectors of the community through thoughtful partnership and impactful outreach.

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