Atlanta Braves players and staff surprised Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School student Andee Poulos Aug. 17 with a donation to her foundation to honor her for “Community Heroes Week.”

Andee Poulos is surprised by Braves supporters Aug. 17 at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. (Photo Pouya Dianat/Atlanta Braves)

In 2011, Poulos suffered a massive stroke that left her unable to walk, talk, eat or drink for 20 months, according to a press release. In 2012, she began to recover and underwent rehabilitation at Buckhead’s Shepherd Center. She was able to return to the Sandy Springs school, where she is now a college-bound senior.

A foundation called Andee’s Army was established originally to help her family. Today it raises money for the families of children who have suffered brain and spinal injuries. The money covers gaps in medical insurance. Since 2011, Andee’s Army has raised about $1.3 million through an annual bake sale, a gala and other activities.

Andee Poulos meets mascot Homer the Brave at the Aug. 17 surprise honor at Holy Innocents’. (Photo Pouya Dianat/Atlanta Braves)

Poulos is also an avid Braves fan and celebrates her birthday at Turner Field every year, according to a press release. Her father, John Poulos, nominated her for the Community Heroes Week honor, an effort by the Atlanta Braves Foundation and FOX Sports South.

On Aug. 17, the Braves surprised Andee Poulos at school with a visit from players Freddie Freeman, Tyrell Jenkins, Ender Inciarte, Jason Hursh and Madison Younginer. The players presented her with a $5,000 donation to Andee’s Army and worked her bake sale. They also invited her to that night’s Braves game for a VIP batting practice.

For more information about the foundation, see

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