NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be at Shelby Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C., for the American Legion Baseball World Series on Aug. 15. AP photo

Earnhardt Jr. to attend Legion World Series

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the National Guard car in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, is scheduled to attend The American Legion Baseball World Series in Shelby, N.C., on Aug. 15. The No. 88 driver, one of the most recognizable figures in professional sports, will be at Shelby's Keeter Stadium from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., signing autographs and greeting fans.

The American Legion has a longstanding relationship with the National Guard, working to support Guardsmen and their units nationwide. In particular, the Legion's Heroes to Hometowns program has offered transition assistance since 2006 to citizen soldiers and their families who are displaced because of their service obligation.

Earnhardt, a native of nearby Kannapolis, N.C., decided to attend the event to show his support for the Legion and the Guard. His showcase car will also be on exhibit at the stadium.

Shelby residents, businesses and corporations are encouraged to fly their U.S. flags during the Legion World Series to show support for their country and the event.