Lowrie and his wife, Milessa, founded the Jedi Warriors program in 2012 while Lowrie was with the Astros. About once each homestand, the Lowries host military veterans and their families at A's games with help from the Wounded Warrior Project. They buy tickets and food for the families and distribute Jedi Warriors shirts designed by Lowrie.
The Stewart Award was created in 1996 in honor of Stewart's community service in the Bay Area. Two current A's won it before Lowrie: closer Sean Doolittle in 2013 and outfielder Jonny Gomes in 2012.
Lowrie was also recently named the A's nominee for the esteemed Roberto Clemente Award.
Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.