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WHAT:  The 3rd Annual Freedom Classic is coming, a series that brings college baseball to Historic Grainger Stadium as the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy battle in an exciting four game event at the end of February.


The Eight…Eighties of Kinston are sponsors for the event and invite all active military and their families to attend. This is a free event for all active military, and the Eight…Eighties hope to bring 3,000 people to the Kinston stadium.  They invite military from Seymour Johnson Airforce Base, Fort Bragg, Camp LeJeune, and the National Guard.  Admission to the stadium will be free along with concessions (a hot dog and soda).  A wounded warrior will throw out the first pitch, and there will be C-shirt giveaways. 


The Eight…Eighties of Kinston want to thank North Carolina’s military and their families by offering them a family day out at the ballpark.  


WHEN:  The weekend event will be held Friday, February 22nd - Sunday, February, 24th.

Following is the game schedule. 


Friday, February 22nd at 6 p.m.

Saturday, February 23rd at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Sunday, February 24th at 12:30 p.m.


Active military can attend one game or all 4 games at no charge.  Ticket vouchers will be available on base.  Military may also present a badge for admission.


WHERE:  Historic Grainger Stadium is located at 400 East Grainger Avenue in Kinston. 


HOW:  Active military can enjoy this invitation by showing a badge at admission. Tickets are also being distributed on military bases. 


About the Eight…Eighties


The Eight…Eighties, a.k.a. the Wounded Warrior Team, is a group of men over 80 years old who are creating jobs in America by bringing additional work to manufacturing businesses that have a mission to create a “Made in America” label.  They’re also helping to minister to the nation’s wounded warriors returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  They created the C-shirt in Kinston, North Carolina, and every time a shirt is purchased, one is given to a wounded veteran.  The garments are cut and sewn in Vanceboro, N.C., and Fairmont, N.C., and they are embellished at the Lions Industries for the Blind in Kinston. The Eight…Eighties exist solely to bring additional work to manufacturing businesses and to support wounded veterans.  For more information, go to:


About the Freedom Classic


The Kinston/Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Department host the Freedom Classic at Grainger Stadium annually, offering a fun, affordable event for the entire family to honor and support our military.  Grainger Stadium is known for its old time charm with a seating capacity of 4,100.   Since 1949, it’s been the home of all professional Kinston baseball teams, and most recently the home of the Kinston Indians.  For more information, contact Jenny Inabinet at 252-939-3338.


Contact:  Kim Morris at Media Partners-Inc., Raleigh, NC

Tel:           919-219-2693

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Contact:  Fred Hunneke at Domestic Industries, Kinston, NC

Tel:           252-527-3419