Winthrop basketball to honor military with ‘Hoops for Troops’

01/23/2014 9:40 AM

01/23/2014 11:17 PM

Saturday afternoon at the Winthrop Coliseum will be about more than basketball.

The Eagles athletic department will host its first “Hoops for Troops” event to honor members of the military and their immediate families, who can attend both games for free.

Just before the start of the men’s game at 4 p.m., a short ceremony will honor the members of the Army National Guard 178th Combat Engineer Battalion, who returned home in May after their second deployment in Afghanistan.

“We thought it would be a great opportunity to pay tribute,” assistant athletic director Daniel Hopper said.

Most of the battalion is expected to attend, he said, and plenty of calls have come in from other military groups who plan to be there.

Donations will be collected at the door to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and their transition back to civilian life.

“The basketball game is just a conduit for this,” Hopper said. “We want (the members of the military) to be the focus to thank them for all that they’ve done for us.”

Editor's Choice Videos

Join the Discussion

The State is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service