By Laurie Wilson, U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs
/ Published September 01, 2017
Colorado Springs Sky Sox mascot “Sox the Fox” poses for a photo with Airmen Aug. 29, 2017 at the U.S. Air Force Academy. "Sox" dropped off mail written to Airmen and cadets by the team's fan base at the Community Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Laurie Wilson)
Colorado Springs Sky Sox mascot “Sox the Fox” scored big with Air Force Academy Airmen Aug. 29, delivering hand-written letters of appreciation from their fan base at the Community Center.
The special delivery was serendipitous as it happened during the Falcon Football’s week-long theme of “Family and Community.”
“This show of support is important to Airmen as they realize people do care about what they do, and took the time out of their day to say so in their own handwriting,” said Master Sgt. Russell Moss of the 10th Force Support Squadron.
Sky Sox assistant general manager Chris Phillips said a private company pitched him the idea to set up a display at Sky Sox Stadium this summer, hand out free honey and encourage fans to “Share a Little Sweetness” in their community. Thinking it over, Phillips decided the Sky Sox would score a home run if they asked those fans to write letters and postcards of appreciation to Airmen, a double play sure to make summer sweeter.
“This promotion with [the company] was a great way to connect with our fans and give them the ability to show their support to everyone at the Air Force Academy,” Phillips said. “The brave men and women of the military are extremely important to the Sky Sox organization.”
Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Kennedy of the 10th FSS said it felt like the fans really care about service members.
“They hit it out of the park pretty much,” she said. “It makes your day a little bit better to know you are appreciated and being recognized for what you do.”
The Airmen took a group photo with “Sox the Fox” and left behind a team-signed baseball as a “thank you” to the Academy’s baseball fans.
“We are blowing-up that group photo for our wall just to reinforce to the young Airmen here the team aspect of what we do, and that it has a positive effect on the community when we do it,” Moss said.