Since launching its Hoops for Troops program in 2006, USA Basketball teams have connected with thousands of American military members and their families through a comprehensive series of activities during the USA Men’s and Women’s National Teams training and exhibition schedules over the past eight years. It will be no different in 2014, as USA Basketball will announce some exciting new Hoops for Troops activities surrounding the 2014 USA Basketball Men's and Women's National Teams.
On Aug. 18, 2014, the Men's National Team visited West Point. The team toured the U.S. Military Academy, visited the West Point Cemetery, dined with cadets in the mess hall and then held a practice at Chritl Arena that was televised live on ESPN2.
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In 2013, USA Basketball gave tickets to members of the military from Nellis Air Force Base for the USA Basketball Showcase and one of the airmen wowed the crowd during a break in the action with his windmill dunk - wearing fatigues and boots!
The activities in 2012 included basketball clinics, special appearances, and access to USA Basketball exhibition games. They were conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, Let’s Move, an initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity in a generation, and Joining Forces, an initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families. The activities were also a significant part of the World Basketball Festival, which was being run in partnership with NIKE, Inc. and its leading basketball brands – Converse, Jordan Brand and Nike Basketball – in Washington, D.C., July 13 – 16.
Launched in 2006, Hoops for Troops is the global social responsibility program for USA Basketball that works to provide support for the United States military personnel and their families through programs, events and partnerships.
Throughout the 2014 USA Basketball Men's and Women's National Team training camps, USA Basketball has another amazing summer planned for our troops and their families.
If you're not able to get a front-row seat to the festivities, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of everything USA Basketball will do through Hoops for Troops right here.