MU To Open Season Against Ohio State In Carrier Classic
Aug. 1, 2012
The Marquette University men’s basketball team will open its 2012-13 campaign in historic fashion when it faces Ohio State on the USS Yorktown on Nov. 9 in the Carrier Classic, presented by the Morale Entertainment Foundation, Inc.
The evening will feature a doubleheader, which also includes a women’s matchup between OSU and Notre Dame. Game times and television coverage will be confirmed in the coming weeks. The USS Yorktown is a museum ship at the Patriots Point historical complex in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., in Charleston Harbor.
“As a program we are humbled and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the 2012 Carrier Classic,” Marquette head coach Buzz Williams said. “There are many people and parts involved in making this happen and we are thankful to all involved. This is an experience our kids will remember the rest of their lives and one that will give each of us an opportunity to honor those who make all the games we play even possible.”
The 2012 beneficiaries are the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Museum, and the Wounded Warrior Project. The 2011 Carrier Classic® contributed almost half a million dollars to its beneficiaries.
“It’s an honor for our university and basketball program to be invited to participate in this year’s Carrier Classic,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Larry Williams said. “This landmark event will be a tremendous learning experience for our student-athletes beyond the court and something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”
The USS Yorktown, this year’s host ship, is the home of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Yorktown served with distinction in World War II, and the Vietnam conflict, and was the ship that recovered the Apollo 8 spacecraft.
This year’s Carrier Classic® will again provide no-cost tickets for members of the military and veterans. In 2011, the Morale Entertainment Foundation provided over 7,000 free tickets to active duty military, veterans, and Wounded Warriors. Morale remains committed to organizing and producing another first class event at Patriots Point.
The historical mission of the Morale Entertainment Foundation has been to entertain and inspire members of the United States military on duty throughout the world.
Last year’s Carrier Classic® attracted the President and First Lady of the United States to the U.S.S. Carl Vinson and garnered some of the highest-ever television ratings for that time period. The 2012 Carrier Classic® will again focus attention on America’s veterans and members of the armed services, while raising money for organizations that support them.
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