Miami, FL - The Marlins organization is set to visit U.S. troops stationed in Kuwait, Oman and United Arab Emirates from January 27 through February 3, 2014. The tour, organized by Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE), will mark the Marlins' fifth visit to U.S. military personnel stationed overseas. This will be the second time the Marlins visit Kuwait. In 2010, the Marlins became the first Major League Baseball team to take active players to visit U.S. troops deployed overseas. At that time, the group visited military bases in Iraq and Kuwait. In early 2011 players and front office staff traveled to Bahrain, Germany and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Later that year, the Marlins visited Japan, Guam and Hawaii during a 12-day trip.
Representing the Marlins on this tour will be former Marlins Outfielder & 1997 World Series Champion Cliff Floyd, former Marlins Catcher & 1997 World Series Champion Charles Johnson, Marlins Vice President & General Manager Dan Jennings, Executive Vice President of Ballpark Operations & Events Claude Delorme, Director of Community Outreach Angela Smith and two members of the Marlins Energy Team.
The Marlins Visit to the Troops is part of an organization-wide effort to partner with the military. The Marlins recognize the great service our countrymen and women do for our nation every day and have coordinated a variety of military-friendly promotions and initiatives. These include the South Florida Heroes Mondays presented by Outback Steakhouse where military servicemen and women, veterans, police officers, firefighters and all local first responders with proper I.D. can claim free tickets at Marlins Park north ticket office. As part of South Florida Heroes Mondays, the Miami Marlins honor a current police officer, first responder, and armed forces member during games. Also, Marlins offer ticket savings to military and first responders through the Gov X Ticket Offer. The Miami Marlins also team up with Bunkers in Baghdad to provide golf equipment to military stationed overseas as well as wounded warriors and veterans at home. The Marlins are also partnering with Savannah's Soldiers in bringing back the Letters to the Troops campaign. The Marlins also sponsor Pros vs. G.I. Joes where Miami Marlins Players play Call of Duty on XBOX 360 versus active service men and women overseas.
Throughout the tour, Marlins players, the Marlins Energy Team and front office staff will participate in activities such as baseball clinics, Energy Team Performances, meet and greets and participate in a softball game with U.S. soldiers.
Fans and media can follow the Marlins overseas at the Marlins' "Beyond the Ballpark" blog at beyondtheballpark.mlblogs.com, website at marlins.com/troops and through the @MarlinsAyudan account on Twitter, as well as through other official Marlins social media channels: facebook.com/marlins and @marlins on Twitter.