The WVU basketball team will gets its first taste of national attention this season by opening the regular season on Friday against Texas A&M.
It won’t just be a special time because it’s the start of a new basketball season, and it’s the opening game against a quality opponent. The Mountaineers and Aggies will tip at 6 p.m. EST, but it will be a much different time where they will be playing the game.
The WVU basketball team and Texas A&M are set to square off at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. The site will host the Armed Forces Classic on Friday in front of military members and their families.
This is a unique opportunity that the WVU basketball team is certainly proud to be a part of. Head coach Bob Huggins has long been an advocate for giving back to the community, as well as to special organizations and the armed forces. By having the Mountaineers, the troops overseas will, in turn, get to see one of the best teams in college basketball.
One way to show honor and respect for the troops is by what the WVU basketball team will be wearing against the Aggies. As often as the Mountaineers are willing to try new color schemes in their uniforms, this get up they will be wearing is special.
The camo jerseys are a nice nod to the troops. Especially with all of the turmoil in the country today, it’s nice to see the WVU basketball team stand united to honor America and the men and women who fight everyday to protect the freedom of civilians back home.
The Mountaineers are certainly in tune with these special people. While many people do look to the Mountaineers as heroes, they are simply college athletes playing a game. But these college athletes are, in a small way, honoring the real heroes our country deserves — the military.
Since arriving in Germany earlier this week, the WVU basketball team has visited with families living on the air force base and seeing what life is like in their shoes. For a majority of the WVU basketball players, this is their first time out of the country.
Hopefully, the WVU basketball team enjoys this special moment and realizes that not every squad in the country is as lucky to play for a program than can offer these unique experiences.