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Shorebirds Expand "Hardwire Everyday Heroes Program"
Local community members will be honored for being everyday heroes
04/29/2014 1:36 PM ET

Salisbury, Md. - The Delmarva Shorebirds, the class "A" affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are excited to announce the return and expansion of the "Hardwire Everyday Heroes" Program in 2014. In 2013, the Shorebirds created a partnership with Hardwire, a local Pocomoke, Maryland company. Hardwire specializes in armor systems for the Department of Defense and has recently applied their armor solutions to school and public safety applications. During the 2013 season, the Shorebirds and Hardwire honored teachers throughout the Delmarva Peninsula that were true "everyday heroes."

In 2014, the Shorebirds and Hardwire are excited to expand the program to include other heroes from our community by accepting nominations from the following fields: teachers, school administrators, first responders (police officers, firefighters, EMS personnel), security guards, armed forces service members, and elected officials.

The Shorebirds are asking the community and our fans to nominate community members that deserve recognition for excellence in their field. The person nominating the community member must submit a short write up that explains why he or she should be considered for the award.

 The Shorebirds will honor the selected "Hardwire Everyday Heroes" during games during the 2014 season. The winning nominee will receive the following for being recognized as the "Hardwire Everyday Hero": four reserved box tickets to a Shorebirds game, four meal vouchers for a hot dog, chips and Pepsi, an autographed ball, pre-game on-field ceremony recognizing them for his/her accomplishments, the chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, an article on the Shorebirds website, and a complimentary Bulletproof Whiteboard or Clipboard from Hardwire. The Hardwire Bulletproof Whiteboard or Clipboard is a hand-held dry erase board or clipboard that can be used in everyday settings. However, it also provides a last line of defense in the event of an active shooter emergency. Similar to a fire extinguisher, it is a tool that can save a life.

"The Shorebirds are honored to team up with Hardwire to continue this wonderful program to recognize various members of our community that make a difference in our lives. The bulletproof products created by Hardwire are functional in daily use and we are thrilled to be a platform to help educate the public on how these products work," said Shorebirds General Manager Chris Bitters. "We look forward to recognizing community members on the Delmarva Peninsula and creating awareness for the great work that Hardwire is doing."

George Tunis, Hardwire CEO, says "With this program, we want to recognize the hard work of folks in our community for the great things they do every day. It's a way to appreciate these individuals and say 'thanks' for their contributions in making Delmarva a better and safer place to live."

 To nominate a community member, send an email to hero@theshorebirds.com detailing why the person you have selected is an "everyday hero." In addition to your nomination, the email should include your name, the person's name and organization name, and your best contact information.

For more information about the "Hardwire Everyday Heroes" Program, contact the Shorebirds at 410-219-3112 or Hardwire at 410-957-3669.

Delmarva Shorebirds
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The Delmarva Shorebirds are the Class "A" Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Shorebirds are owned by 7th Inning Stretch, L.P., the same company that owns the Stockton Ports of the California League and the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League. In 2012, 231,194 fans came to Shorebirds games, the highest total attendance since 2002. The Shorebirds were the proud hosts of the 2011 South Atlantic League "Strike Out Hunger" All-Star Game presented by Perdue that drew 7,410 fans. For more information, call the Shorebirds at 410-219-3112. 

The Shorebirds celebrated 18-years of professional baseball on the Eastern Shore in 2013. During the 2009 season, the Shorebirds finished with an average attendance of 3,567 fans, the largest average since the 2002 season. In 2007, The Shorebirds had the top attendance based on market size in Minor League Baseball(tm), according to Sports Business Journal (Aug. 2008). In 2010, more than 6,000 fans packed Arthur W. Perdue Stadium nine times including a season high of 8,993 fans on August 7th

The Shorebirds were established in 1996 by an investor team headed by legendary chicken company owner, the late Frank Perdue. The Shorebirds have called Arthur W. Perdue home ever since. For more information about the Delmarva Shorebirds call 410-219-3112 or visit www.theshorebirds.com. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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