Bucks Hosting Events for Veterans and Members of Military
To show appreciation for local members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Milwaukee Bucks will host multiple events to honor those who serve our nation as part of NBA Cares Hoops for Troops Week.
The first event will be an in-game Hardwood Hero Honors presentation, presented by Waukesha Metal Products, at Saturday night’s contest vs. Sacramento. As part of the presentation, a Milwaukee-area military member will be given complimentary tickets to attend the contest along with 12 friends and family members while also receiving on-court recognition during the game. An additional Hardwood Hero presentation will be made at the home game on Saturday, November 12 vs. Memphis.
The Thursday, November 10 game vs. New Orleans will be Military Appreciation Night, presented by We Energies. Thousands of local service members and their families will be in attendance, and the game will feature a special salute to those who serve or have served. For Military Appreciation Night and every home game this season, individuals with a valid military ID can purchase up to six tickets at $10 each at the BMO Harris Bradley Center ticket office.
Bucks fans can help provide tickets to active members of the military, veterans, and their families by purchasing “Buy One, Give One” tickets, presented by We Energies, at www.bucks.com/veteransday. The Bucks will match each ticket purchased through the special link by donating a ticket to a local military or veteran’s organization.
The Bucks will also hold a Veterans Appreciation Dinner for individuals enrolled in compensated work therapy at a transitional residence located on the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center campus (5000 W. National Ave.) on Wednesday, November 9, from 5:30-7:30 PM where players Michael Beasley and Steve Novak will make and serve dinner to ten pre-registered veterans to thank them for their service.
Although scheduled outside of the official Hoops for Troops Week, the team will additionally welcome military members for an open practice on Wednesday, November 23, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Milwaukee Bucks Training Center (3501 S. Lake Dr., St. Francis). At this special practice, more than 40 local active service men and women will be on hand to watch the workout and interact with players and coaches. Following practice, the entire group will be invited onto the court to meet the team, shoot some hoops and enjoy lunch provided by Cousins Subs as a sign of their gratitude.
These events are part of NBA Cares Hoops for Troops Week – a collaboration with the Department of Defense, USO, and other military and veteran-serving organizations to honor active and retired service men and women and their families. Throughout Veterans Day week (Nov. 4-12), NBA players will wear special on-court apparel including adidas shooting shirts, headbands, wristbands and socks to commemorate the Veterans Day holiday.