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Army-Navy wheelchair basketball game honors veterans, highlights Investing in Ability Week

Crisler Center to host game on Nov. 10 to raise awareness about accessibility

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- As the nation recognizes Veterans Day and celebrates service and sacrifice, typical cheers of “Go Blue!” in the Crisler Center will be replaced with chants of “Go Army!” and “Go Navy!”

This year’s battle of the backboards kicks off as two wheelchair basketball teams representing military veterans take to the court to raise awareness for those with disabilities during the final event of the university’s Investing in Ability Week. 

Army-Navy wheelchair game

The fourth-annual University of Michigan Army-Navy Wheelchair Basketball game will feature official wheelchair basketball players, U-M and Eastern Michigan University student veterans, the U-M Army ROTC, the U-M Navy ROTC, the Ann Arbor VA, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department, as well as members of the USA Paralympic team.

The event is free and open to the public, with tipoff scheduled at 3 p.m.

 “This is not one of those celebrity games where everyone is joking and just having fun, this is Army vs. Navy. When that ball drops, it’s on! Both teams want to win—PERIOD,” says Gerald Hoff, the event’s organizer and insurance verification representative at U-M.

U.S. Paralympics athlete Paul Schulte is scheduled to participate in this year’s game, Hoff says. Schulte is a former PM&R patient and will be joined by this year’s Grand Marshall, Director of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Robert McDivitt, who is veteran of the U.S. Army field artillery and member of American Legion Post 46 in Ann Arbor.

Other event highlights include:

  • National Anthem performance by the U-M Tri-Service Color Guard and The 338th Army Band
  • A silent auction hosted by U-M Student Veterans in support of the Student Veterans of America
  • Performances during the game and at halftime from the U-M Dance Team

Event Information
Date
: Sunday, Nov. 10
Start Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, MI

For more information about this event, please contact Gerald Hoff at 734-936-8177 or ghoff@med.umich.edu.

About Investing in Abilities: For more than 20 years, the Council for Disability Concerns has been offering a variety of events and presentations to celebrate the accomplishments of people with disabilities and to educate the University community on important issues related to disability.

 

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