Wheelchair basketball event set to hit the hardwood at Crisler on March 30
There’s another major hoops matchup this weekend, and it’s happening at Crisler Center.
On March 30, the U-M Army vs. Navy Wheelchair Basketball Game returns, celebrating its 14th year! The game is open to the public at no charge with free parking — and tickets are not required. The Crisler Center doors open at 2 p.m. to music by DJ Ell; tip-off is at 3 p.m.
“We do this to emphasize the ‘ability’ within ‘disability,’ to honor veterans and active-duty military, especially student veterans, and to raise awareness of and appreciation for the spirit of inclusion,” said Gerald Hoff, the game’s founder and organizer. “We also just want everyone to have a very good time.”
The two teams consist of paralympians, ROTC cadets, student veterans and local veterans. In addition to the competition on the court, fans can also enjoy musical entertainment from DJ Ell and the U-M Men’s Glee Club. Performances by the U-M Cheer and Dance teams will keep spirits high.
Eric Fretz, chairman of the Veterans Community Action Team (VCAT) Region 9 and faculty lecturer at U-M, will serve as the game’s grand marshal.
Additionally, Rich Luterman, chief meteorologist for Fox 2 Detroit will be on hand as a featured speaker during the pregame ceremony!
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