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.
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!