Celebrating 13 years of spirited competition, the University of Michigan Army vs. Navy Wheelchair Basketball Game returns to Crisler on Jan. 27.
The game is open to the public at no charge and tickets are not required. The Crisler Center doors open at 4 p.m., tip-off is 5 p.m.
"This is much more than an exciting game," said Gerald Hoff, the game's founder and organizer. "This is an event honoring veterans and active-duty military, especially student veterans. It raises awareness about disability issues while emphasizing ABILITY, all in the spirit of inclusion.”
"And it also happens to be a whole lot of fun!."
In addition to the paralympians, ROTC cadets, student veterans, and local law enforcement volunteers competing on the court, fans will be pumped up by musical entertainment from DJ ELL and the 338th Army Band. Plus the U-M Cheer and Dance teams will keep spirits high.
Preceded by the likes of former U.S. Rep. John Dingell and Regent Kathy White, Captain Rick Vanden Heuvel, will serve as the game's 2018 grand marshal. A member of the United States Navy, Heuvel is the Director of Research Development for the University of Michigan College of Engineering
"We are so grateful to our volunteers — most of whom are students — and to our benefactors and co-sponsors," Hoff said. “It takes a great team to make this event happen, and I hope everyone comes and enjoys this amazing game.”