Wednesday, April 13, 2011

North Carolina To Play Michigan State On Aircraft Carrier

President Gerald Ford, center left jump ball, playing basketball on the 
carrier Monterrey during World War II. (Navy Photo via MilitaryTimes.com)
The San Diego Sports Commission has confirmed that Michigan State and North Carolina will play in the Carrier Classic on Veterans Day, the first NCAA basketball game to be played aboard an aircraft carrier.

The commission, working with Morale Entertainment Foundation, says it has received written commitments from the two schools and that approval from the U.S. Navy is expected soon.

“We’ve been looking at doing this for eight years to give something back to those who put themselves in harm’s way and to the families they leave behind when they’re away on duty,” Hollis told AP. “We wanted to do something unique that could be shown to troops worldwide on Veteran’s Day — 11-11-11 — as a sign of appreciation.”

But the big news from Hollis was the famous alums who might be part of the event: Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan.

“I’ve got Magic confirmed to be a part of it, and you can imagine who we’re trying to get from the other side,” Hollis said, apparently referring to famed underwear salesman Jordan.

Organizers haven’t announced which aircraft carrier will host the Nov. 11 game.

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