2,000 soldiers, family members celebrate Fort Jackson centennial with Fireflies
The Columbia Fireflies might have been rained out of their matchup against the Augusta GreenJackets on Friday night, but they were able to honor 2,000 soldiers and their families before the storms rolled in.
Flanked by members of his family, Jeffry Snow, a manager at Amazon’s local fulfillment center, threw the ceremonial first pitch. Snow has served in the military for 19 years and currently serves in the Army Reserves at Fort Jackson.
“We at Amazon are thrilled to be at the game tonight to celebrate such a great anniversary,” said George Schultz, general manager of the Amazon facility. “We are tremendously supportive of our military and are actively recruiting veterans and military spouses to come join our team.”
Earlier this year, Amazon pledged to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years. Schultz said the company values the extraordinary leadership skills and problem solving abilities that military veterans bring to Amazon. In 2015, the company hired more than 4,400 military veterans, and today there are more than 7,000 veterans in different roles throughout the company nationwide.
Major thunderstorms ended the game early. As the game’s first inning came to a close, fans fled to the covered concourse at Spirit Communications Park. The game was scoreless after one full inning.
The game will resume at 5 p.m. Saturday and will be played in its entirety. The game originally scheduled for Saturday will take place afterward as a seven-inning contest.
This is the second time rain has suspended a game at Spirit Communications Park. Columbia’s contest against the Rome Braves on July 18 was moved to a later date because of rain.
“We’re grateful to our friends at Amazon for helping bring Fort Jackson’s Centennial celebration event here to Spirit Communications Park,” said John Katz, team president of the Fireflies. “We’re excited to be the home of the largest Army Basic Training Center in the US, and the Fireflies are proud to serve those who serve, have served and will serve our country.”
Amazon planned to give away 50 gift cards, two Amazon Echos and two Fire TVs at the game. These giveaways will be given to lucky fans at Saturday’s Fireflies baseball game.