Hoops For Troops

Joining Forces Let's Move

Since launching its Hoops for Troops program in 2006, USA Basketball teams have connected with thousands of American military members and their families through a comprehensive series of activities during the USA Menís and Womenís National Teams training and exhibition schedules over the past eight years. 2014 will be no different as USA Basketball will announce some exciting new Hoops for Troops activities surrounding the 2014 USA Basketball Men's and Women's National Teams.

Last summer USA Basketball gave tickets to members of the military from Nellis Air Force Base for the USA Basketball Showcase and one of the airmen wowed the crowd during a break in the action with his windmill dunk - wearing fatigues and boots!

The activities in 2012 included basketball clinics, special appearances, and access to USA Basketball exhibition games, were conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, Letís Move, an initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity in a generation, and Joining Forces, an initiative to support and honor Americaís service members and their families. The activities was also a significant part of the World Basketball Festival, which was being run in partnership with NIKE, Inc. and its leading basketball brands Ė Converse, Jordan Brand and Nike Basketball Ė in Washington D.C. July 13 Ė 16.

2012 Hoops for Troops Event Recaps

Launched in 2006, Hoops for Troops is the global social responsibility program for USA Basketball that works to provide support for the United States military personnel and their families through programs, events and partnerships.

Throughout the 2014 USA Basketball Men's and Women's National Team training camps, USA Basketball has another amazing summer planned for our troops and their families.

If you're not able to get a front-row seat to the festivities, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of everything USA Basketball will do through Hoops for Troops right here.

USA Basketball in 2012 hosted more than 3,000 military personnel and their families at events in Washington, D.C. through Hoops for Troops.
USA Basketball hosted a clinic for sons and daughters of American military members at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas featuring Legends Teresa Edwards, Spencer Haywood, Chris Mullin, Lenny Wilkens, and Gary Payton. More than 1,300 American military members and their families then attended an exhibition game featuring the USA Menís National Team and Dominican Republic at the Thomas & Mack Center.
In July, a crowd of 3,100 military members and their families attended a USA Basketball Menís National Team open practice as part of the World Basketball Festival, held in partnership with NIKE Inc. at the Washington, D.C. Armory.
As part of its Hoops for Troops program, USA Basketball hosted a menís team open practice and womenís team basketball and fitness clinic for military personnel and their families at the Washington, D.C. Armory.

USA Basketball Legends Bill Walton, Lenny Wilkens, Alonzo Mourning, and Teresa Edwards visited injured U.S. servicemen and servicewomen at Walter Reed Military Medical Center.
Both teams visited Arlington National Cemetary and participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during their stint in D.C., which concluded with the Menís and Women's National Teams taking on their Brazil counterparts as part of the teams' final exhibition games on U.S. soil prior to heading to the Olympics. The games were attended by more than 1,400 military members and featured a variety of tributes to U.S. military members.

Coach K, Geno Auriemma and the entire USA Basketball family are proud to take part in Hoops for Troops.

We thank our veterans and wish for a safe and speedy return of all our troops currently serving overseas.