There’s another major hoops matchup this March, and it’s happening at Crisler Center.
The University of Michigan Army vs. Navy Wheelchair Basketball Game returns March 30, 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, and 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 Region 9 and a lecturer in education, psychology and the Center for Entreprenurship, will serve as the game’s 2019 grand marshal. Additionally, Rich Luterman, chief meteorologist for Fox 2 Detroit will be a featured speaker during the pregame ceremony.