2017 Nominee – Corey Kluber
Team: Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians are honored to nominate Corey Kluber for the 2016 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. After winning the 2014 AL Cy Young Award, he has continued to excel as the ace of the pitching staff, while expanding his personal commitment to positively impact veterans and youth in the Cleveland community.
Over the past two season, Corey and his wife, Amanda, have been consistently visiting the Cleveland VA Medical Center each month to spend time with rehabilitating veterans. During each visit, he spends hours building personal relationships and providing memorable experiences and autographed memorabilia for our servicemen and women. These visits reached over 100 rehabilitating veterans in 2016. In 2017, Corey has expanded his visits to focus on rehabilitation groups of veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder. Each month, Corey will spend hours during each visit to show his support and encouragement for groups of 10-20 veterans as they recover.
In addition to this support of veterans, Corey continues to host Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital patients at the ballpark every Wednesday home game throughout the season (12 total events) for batting practice as part of his Kluber’s Kids program. And in 2017, he has also committed to visiting the children’s hospital each month as he continues to show his support for families in the Cleveland community.
Corey invites veterans to the ballpark each month for special pre-game visit during BP as well as tickets and food vouchers. He is also 1 of 5 players participating in the Strikeout For Vets Program to raise $$ for the Helmets to Hardhats Initiative.
It’s a genuine dedication and appreciation for the veterans and youth of our local community that makes Corey Kluber an exemplary candidate for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award.