CRAIG MORGAN NAMED SPIRIT OF BLUE FOUNDATION SPOKESMAN

CRAIG MORGAN NAMED SPIRIT OF BLUE FOUNDATION SPOKESMAN

Craig Morgan has been named its national celebrity spokesperson for The Spirit of Blue Foundation.

In that capacity, Craig Morgan will appear in a new public service announcement, perform and speak at select events across the country and will spread the word about Spirit of Blue’s work as he tours.

“Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep us safe,” said Morgan. “I’m honored to be joining Spirit of Blue to help bring attention to their sacrifices and how we can help protect our men and women in blue.”

“What makes Craig the perfect spokesperson is his big heart for those who serve in law enforcement, and the fact that he served as a deputy sheriff himself. He knows the joys, struggles and safety concerns that go along with the job,” commented Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation. “It doesn’t hurt that he is also a great musician.”

Morgan’s first opportunity as a celebrity spokesperson will occur during a law enforcement appreciation segment of his Aug. 19 show at the Grand Ole Opry. In addition to performing, he will lead the law enforcement tribute as attending officers are honored and the Spirit of Blue awards safety grants to Nashville-area agencies.

2014 statistics preliminarily released by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund show that 68 law enforcement officers have already lost their lives this year, an increase of 31 percent from the same period in the prior year. The reality of these statistics, and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country, fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.

A national sweepstakes, the Grand Ole Opry Getaway, allows fans from across America to enter to win a trip to attend the Aug. 19 event – go to SpiritofBlueSweeps.com to enter or purchase tickets for the show at Opry.com. The Grand Ole Opry will donate $5.00 to Spirit of Blue for every ticket purchased using the promo code “SAFETY”.

TOP PHOTO: Craig Morgan at the CMA Close Up Stage at AT&T U-Verse Fan Fair X on Saturday, June 7 during the 2014 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. Donn Jones / CMA

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