Green Beret Veteran Nick Brown will be Reds Honored Guest at weeklong event 

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Nick Brown (SFC-Retired) is attending Reds Fantasy Camp January 18-25 (Photo- Provided)

LOVELAND –The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, in collaboration with the Cincinnati Chapter of the Green Beret Foundation, selected retired Special Forces Green Beret Nick Brown to attend Reds Fantasy Camp at their Spring Training Facility in Goodyear, AZ from January 18-25, 2020. The Reds organization have long supported veteran’s participation, but this is the first time a Green Beret veteran will be participating as their  honored guest. Nick grew up in the Greater Cincinnati area and continues to make his home locally with his wife, Emily, and their daughter, Elli. He is an active volunteer Ambassador for the Green Beret Foundation, and board member with Cincinnati Chapter of the Green Beret Foundation. 

Reds Fantasy Camp is a weeklong opportunity for men and women 30 and over to fully immerse themselves in the Major League Baseball experience. On teams co-managed by former Cincinnati Reds players, participants compete in a multiple-game schedule, utilizing the same equipment, facilities, and resources as the pros. The week of training and competition culminates with a game against the pros at Goodyear Ballpark. It is the same park where the Reds and Cleveland Indians play their home games during Spring Training each season. All proceeds from the camp benefit the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum in Cincinnati, OH.

 “The Reds have been hosting wounded warriors at our camps for years,” says Rick Walls, Executive Director of the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, “But given our organization’s tradition of support for the Cincinnati Chapter of the Green Beret Foundation, we are especially excited to be hosting Nick this year. People often mention their sports ‘heroes,’ but everyone has come to know who the real heroes are.  It is our privilege at this year’s Reds Fantasy Camp to honor one such individual, and give him an experience that may, in some small measure, express our gratitude for his service  and sacrifice.” 

    Reds Fantasy Camp has long hosted veterans and is hosting a Green Beret for the first time this year (LOGO)

Green Beret Foundation holds numerous events throughout Cincinnati area (LOGO)

Nick will be sharing stories of his experience at Cincinnati Reds Baseball Fantasy Camp with Loveland Beacon when he returns. Look for his story after January 26, right here on Loveland Beacon.

 “I am extremely grateful to the Reds for offering me this opportunity—which I see not  only as a chance to play baseball and have fun with my favorite team, but also as a  platform to educate even more people on the mission of the Green Beret Foundation,”  said Nick. “My family and I are lifelong Reds fans; my grandmother attended their games well into her 90s. Due to the nature of my work as a Green Beret, I couldn’t always call home from deployment and tell my family much about what I was doing  overseas—but we could always talk about baseball and what was new with the Reds.  Baseball is not only the ‘Great American Pastime;’ it is also a thread that binds families together and builds morale over long distances and deployments.”