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WASHINGTON ­– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is pleased to announce Cleveland Cavaliers has been named one of 30 finalists for the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, in recognition of the organization’s support for its National Guard and Reserve employees.   

“I am honored to congratulate these 30 outstanding employers, who have distinguished themselves in supporting their Reserve Component employees,” said Ron Bogle, ESGR’s National Chair. “Employers play a critical role in the readiness and success of our National Guard and Reserve forces, and by valuing and supporting their employees’ military service, they are making a direct contribution to our Nation’s security.”

Cleveland Cavaliers, along with 29 other finalists were selected from 3,382 nominations received from Guardsmen and Reservists highlighting how their civilian employers went far beyond what the federal law requires to support them. The finalists represent large and small employers, as well as public sector organizations. Celebrating its 25th year, the Freedom Award began in 1996 under the auspices of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve to recognize exceptional employer support, with 295 honorees to date.

Cleveland Cavaliers supports their military employees by providing 15 military paid days for all full-time ANG/Reservists after requests, encourages honoring of service members through pregame ceremonies, offers scholarship programs and much more.   The Cavaliers provide supportive work environments and recognize the benefits of hiring and supporting service members.

The Cleveland Cavaliers understand the importance of service,” said Michael Bamber, State Chair – Ohio ESGR. “They lead by example and ensure the success of their employees as they the balance military service and civilian career.

The 15 employers selected to receive the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award will be announced early this summer.  

For more information about the Freedom Award, visit To learn more about ESGR, visit

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