College basketball fans will get a special treat this Fall when two of the best teams in NCAA Division I basketball head overseas for the 2013 Armed Forces Classic.
This year’s Armed Forces Classic—the second annual contest—will be held at Camp Humphreys, a military base in South Korea. The game will feature a matchup of the Oregon Ducks and Georgetown Hoyas. It will be held on Friday, November 8th on ESPN. The contest is part of ESPN’s Veterans Week Initiative, which honors America’s men and women in uniform both past and present, at home and abroad. It will be held at the 1,000-square foot Humphreys Community Fitness Center on Camp Humphreys. The fitness center houses three full-sized basketball courts, in indoor pool, a 200-meter running track, weight training and cardio equipment, an indoor rock climbing wall, racquetball courts, and other well-known fitness equipment.
The game itself is just part of what members of both teams will do while visiting Camp Humphreys. They will also serve dinner to the troops at a base dining facility, hold youth clinics for families of those that are stationed at the base, and even hold open practice and tour the base during their stay.
Commander Colonel Darin S. Conkrigh was asked about the teams playing on base for soldiers and their families this year. He was ecstatic in his response. “Camp Humphreys is extremely proud to host this year’s Armed Forces Classic,” he said. “I can’t think of a better way to provide the Soldiers and Families stationed here on Freedom’s Frontier a taste of home than through a sporting event of this magnitude.”
This year’s matchup is just the latest in a series of games played each year on U.S. military facilities around the world each year over a five-year rotation. The series of games began in 2012 at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. ESPN Regional Television owns and operates the yearly matchup.
Basketball fans can get more information on this year’s Armed Forces Classic online at http://www.armedforcesclassic.com. Basketball fans can also keep up with the latest NCAA Basketball on ESPN news at http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/.
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