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2017 National Champ & NFL Houston Texan Carlos Watkins Friday, July 14 at McNair Field as Owls Honor Local Heroes

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Heroes are all around us. Whether it's the EMT that performs a medical procedure at a crash scene that saves a life or a police officer whose quick thinking prevents a tragedy, they're everywhere. No others in our community deserve our support and praise more than those who rush into a raging fire to save a life or stand vigil, monitoring our condition and providing comfort as we heal from life threatening injuries or illnesses. Doctors, nurses, firefighters, EMT's and police officers, who've trained vigorously and spent countless hours preparing themselves for such an occasion, are heroes in every sense of the word.

Heroes also come in other forms. Some can be identified as those who step up to provide families and homes for innocent children whose lives are in disarray while other heroes simply demonstrate that dreams can be realized through the course of hard work and discipline. These types of heroes provide inspiration for many whom, when doubting themselves, need to find the motivation to continue on their journeys.

Heroes are ordinary men and women, whose lives reveal a story of courage, devotion and determination. They are role models for youngsters and the qualities and characteristics they possess are to be admired and celebrated. The Forest City Owls are doing just that. Friday night, July 14th, the Owls are celebrating the local heroes of Rutherford County. Free admission for law enforcement officers, firefighters, nurses, doctors, and EMT's along with recognition for their heroism during the game are just a couple of the treats the Owls have in store for their annual 'Local Heroes Night.' Unsung heroes, like foster families and children, are also slated to be honored with free admission and recognition throughout the game.

Considered a hero and certainly an extraordinary role model in his hometown, Carlos Watkins, 2017 Clemson Tiger National Champion and just recently drafted Houston Texan, will be circulating around the facility interacting with kids and fans. Carlos is encouraging everyone to come out to support the Owls and local heroes. In his first appearance in Rutherford County as a Houston Texan Carlos tells us, "Its always a good feeling to be home, surrounded by so much love from the people you care about.... I just want everyone to know that I do appreciate their love and support. I am product of Rutherford County and I want to do all I can to represent this county well." On winning the National Championship, Carlos adds, "Not too many people have the opportunity to play in that game, and for me to finish my college career at Clemson winning the championship... there is no better feeling!"

Born and raised in Mooresboro and a Chase High School graduate, Carlos is a heroic inspiration to kids here at home. "It's a lifelong dream. It's something that I dreamed about as a kid, and for me to fulfill my dreams is truly a blessing." In between innings, Carlos will be sharing his thoughts on dreaming big and working hard to achieve your goals.

The evening will kick off with the Guns vs. Hoses slow pitch softball game between law enforcement officers and fire fighters at 5:30 pm. Both teams will be playing for a local charity of their choosing. Don Ramon Mexican Restaurant, who is sponsoring the event, has donated a total of $1,000.00 with $600.00 going to the winning team's charity and $400.00 for the losers choice.

So, come on out tomorrow night and show some love for the Forest City Owls, our local heroes, and Carlos Watkins at McNair Field. It's going to be a night to remember!

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