Alumnus Throws Out First Pitch at Cubs Game

130602_Cubs_007 130602_Cubs_010Earlier this month, Western Illinois University alumnus Stephanie McCurry was invited to throw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game to honor her status as a female veteran.

McCurry, an Abingdon, IL, native who graduated in 2007 with a communication degree, was invited to the June 2 game in Chicago.

June is an exciting month for McCurry, who will be married Saturday, June 15, in Peoria and who wrapped up her 10-year career with the Illinois National Guard last weekend.

She also recently ended a nine-month deployment at Camp Virginia, Kuwait, where she ran recreational programs for the troops.

As a lifelong Cubs fan, when the opportunity with the team presented itself, McCurry was excited but nervous.

“Basically, the Cubs called the USA, the USA contacted the public affairs officer and Major League Baseball contacted me,” McCurry told the Galesburg Register Mail recently. “They were looking for a female soldier recently back from a tour to throw out the first pitch.”

At the stadium, McCurry received VIP treatment, including meeting the umpires and some of the players. Her family and her fiancΓ© were in the stands cheering her on.

“It wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty good,” McCury said of her pitch.

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