Among the heroes scheduled to join the Hangout is SGT Jerrod Fields, a Chicago native who has received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart during his service in the U.S. Military. 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 on the cover of ESPN Magazine in 2008 and has become a motivational leader helping others with disabilities become active.
Another athlete scheduled to join the #HeroesHangout is SPC Steven Nelson. Coach K may see Nelson in Rio because the Nebraska native is also 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 will join 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 joining Coach K are stationed in Afghanistan and Ft. Gordon, GA. The #HeroesHangout will be hosted on the U.S. Army's Google+ page.