Click here to see a larger image of the bat. Hampster Direct Hampster Direct 675 S Lively Elk Grove Illinois 60007 Fax: (847) 550-9850 PLEASE PUT THE NAME OR NAMES IN THE SHIP TO AREA THANKS THIS BAT IS MADE TO HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED THEIR COUNTRY. Only 20,003 Will Be Issued; President Bush To Receive #1 Limited Edition Baseball Bat Honors US Troops With Goal of Raising $300,000 For USO These individuals laid it on the line for their fellow Americans, men and women of the nation?s armed forces stationed near Iraq, only to find themselves in harm?s way. More than 300,000 of them have been in the Persian Gulf region in recent weeks, people who volunteered to put their lives on the line for Americans at home, and for a better tomorrow in the Middle East. Each soldier has gone to bat for a just cause. Now, with another baseball season about to begin in the major leagues, and with the war an on-going battle overseas, a company located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago has stepped up to the plate to assist a familiar entity–the USO (United Services Organizations). The USO provides morale, welfare and recreational services to uniformed military personnel and operates in 120 centers around the world. The president and owner of Hampster Direct of suburban Chicago, announced that his group has produced a limited edition ?God Bless America? baseball bat in the hope of raising more than $300,000 for the USO. Bat #1 will go to President Bush and the rest will be sold on a first-come basis. Only 20,003 bats will be issued. Each bat measures 35 inches and weighs 36 ounces, and is crafted from handsome Northern White Ash wood. The bats sell for $94.95 with $20.00 (20 percent) per bat being donated to the USO. These bats will be personalized with up to 20 letter including spaces. Also printed along the barrel is a ?God Bless America? logo, positioned to the left of a centered American Eagle with the phrases ?Operation Iraqi Freedom? and ?We Support Our Troops.? To the right of that phrase, towards the end of the barrel, will be a colorful American flag and the wording ?USA.? The entire presentation makes for a stunning and memorable piece of memorabilia. The bats are available only through a special toll-free number: 1-866-280-BATS (2287). Customers can also order on line by visiting ?We wanted to offer Americans an opportunity to step up to the plate, so to speak, for our military heroes overseas,? said Hamster Directs president. ?This way, fellow Americans can show support for the thousands of men and women who are fighting for our country, and at the same time raise substantial dollars for the USO, which does so many. THISIS FOR THE PERSONALIZED BAT. PLEASE PUT THE NAME YOU WISH ENGRAVED ON THE BAT IN THE SHIPPING AREA OF THE ORDER FORM.IF YOU PURCHASE 3 BATS WE WILL SEND THE DECK OF 55 CARDS TO YOU FREE.