#HeroesHangout on Google Plus!

Worlds collided on Monday, June 17 at 10 AM ET in the first installment of #HeroesHangout when Duke University‘s head men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski joined U.S. Army soldiers from around the world for a video chat.  The Google+ Hangout On Air was moderated by CBS Sports and Pac-12 Network commentator Chris Spatola, who is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran.

Among the heroes who joined the Hangout is Sgt. Jerrod Fields, a Chicago native who has received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart during his military service.  Fields’ leg was amputated after a roadside bomb struck his vehicle during a 2005 mission in Baghdad.  Since then, Fields has continued to serve while emerging as a talented sprinter on the U.S. Paralympic team.  Now a Soldier-athlete in the Army’s World-Class Athlete Program, Fields was featured on the cover of ESPN Magazine in 2008 and has become a motivational leader helping others with disabilities become active.

Spc. Jerrod Fields was on the cover of ESPN Magazine in 2008

Spc. Jerrod Fields was on the cover of ESPN Magazine in 2008

Another Soldier-athlete who  joined the #HeroesHangout is Spc. Steven Nelson.  Coach K may see Nelson in Rio for the 2016 Olympics because the Nebraska native is a champion boxer with his eyes on Olympic competition.  Nelson was deployed in Afghanistan for a year, earning a Combat Action Badge.  Like Fields, Nelson is in the Army’s World-Class Athlete Program and joined the Hangout On Air from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.  Nelson is the 2013 gold-medal winner of the National Golden Gloves and USA National tournaments in the light-heavyweight division.

Additional Soldiers who joined Coach K for the hangout are stationed in Germany and Ft. Gordon, GA.  

To watch the #HeroesHangout that was hosted on the U.S. Army’s Google+ page, check out the video below!

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#HeroesHangout on Google Plus!