Army veteran Justin Griffin has been named the winner of the Bank of America Manager for a Day announced the Chihuahuas. Griffin, who was nominated via a social media contest, will fill the role on Sunday, July 2nd during the GECU Independence Day Celebration when the Chihuahuas take on the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks) at 7:05 p.m.
“I can’t even put into words how thankful I am for my amazing wife, wonderful family, friends, and for such a great organization for even making this possible,” Griffin said. “This is truly an honor and a dream come true. I feel like a kid again!”
“Bank of America is thrilled to partner with the El Paso Chihuahuas on the Manager for a Day program to recognize a military family in the community,” said Kristi Marcum, El Paso Market President for Bank of America. “We are committed to honoring their service by creating greater economic mobility opportunities for our veterans across the country, whether that’s by committing to hire 10,000 veterans, providing financial training to service members and their families transitioning to civilian life, or working with nonprofits to provide housing and supportive services to our veterans.”
Born in Dallas, Texas on November 15, 1984, Griffin joined the Army on September 30, 2004 at the age of 19, and made his first deployment to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, N.C.
Following his tour in Afghanistan, Griffin was assigned to Fort Bliss and deployed to Iraq with the 1st Armored Division.
During Griffin’s 12 years of service he received multiple badges, awards and medals. These include but are not limited to the Combat Action Badge, six Army Accommodation Medals, eight Army Achievement Medals, four Good Conduct Medals, and the Humanitarian Service Medal for his assistance with Hurricane Katrina relief.
He was also awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation, U.S. Army Airborne Wings, U.S. Army Air Assault Wings and multiple foreign Parachutist Badges, to name a few.
Following his retirement, Griffin is now a stay at home dad to his two sons, Reece (3), and Bennett (1), and is a loving and devoted husband to his wife Karla.
“Along with Bank of America, the Chihuahuas are honored to announce Justin Griffin, a true American Hero, as the Manager for a Day,” said Chihuahuas Vice President and General Manager Brad Taylor. “His outstanding leadership skills and experience can only serve to motivate all around him.”
As the Bank of America Manager for a Day, Griffin will be given the following experiences:
· Throw out a first pitch
· Attend batting practice
· Enjoy pre-game experiences
· Meeting at the plate with managers and umpires
· Be a part of the starting lineups
· Four (4) tickets to Sunday’s game
· Personalized jersey
· On-field recognition
· An inning on air with Tim Hagerty
Griffin was nominated by his wife, family and friends through a social media contest held by the Chihuahuas. Fans were asked to submit a veteran they felt deserved to be the Bank of America Manager for a Day along with a biography.
Four finalists will be honored during the game on Saturday, July 1st. They are Antonio Garcia, David Nevarez, Roman Sandoval, and Michael Velez.
As part of the GECU Independence Day Celebration, and to honor all military past and present, the Chihuahuas are offering $10 Zone E, K, L, and Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets for July 2nd and July 3rd. Tickets for military are available at GOVX.com or by visiting the Chihuahuas Durango Box Office located at Southwest University Park. Gates open at 6 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 3rd, respectively, with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. on both nights.
Plenty of great seats remain for the GECU Independence Day Celebration that includes three nights of Fireworks Spectacular! Fans are encouraged to purchase in advance as prices increase on the day of the game. Fans can buy tickets at EPChihuahuas.com or in person at the Durango or Santa Fe Box Offices. The Durango Box Office is open today through Monday, from 10 a.m. to end of the game and the Santa Fe Box Office opens at 2 p.m.
Griffin’s honor comes in addition to a $10 military offer on Zone E, K, L & Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets as well as the best postgame Fireworks Spectacular in El Paso on July 2nd and July 3rd.