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Commitment to Service


In collaboration with the Department of Defense, the NBA continues its Commitment to Service initiative that allows NBA players, coaching and teams to work side-by-side with our nation’s military to better communities across the country. Teams and their current and former players are partnering with local installations and a variety of military and veteran-serving organizations for several activities, including leadership seminars, community service events and basketball-focused fitness activities for active and retired service members and their families.

Veterans from Ft. Hamilton will play each other in a game of basketball at their military base with Nets players Spencer Dinwiddie, Quincy Acy and Trevor Booker serving as guest coaches.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will host their Annual “Hoops for Troops Night” where five local Vietnam War veterans, escorted by currently military members, will be honored during halftime and receive commemorative pins in appreciation of their service.

The Dallas Mavericks will host a Commitment to Service volunteerism event where rookie Dennis Smith, Jr. will join Dallas Mavericks staff, Mavs Dancers, ManiAACs and Caliber Home Loans employees to work side-by-side with DFW military members to pack 10,000 healthy meals for hungry families in Dallas, through Feeding Children Everywhere.

The Detroit Pistons will host their second annual Hoops For Troops Military/Veteran Career Fair. The event will take place at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI. The Career Fair will give over 40 local companies the opportunity to meet with 500 active and veteran military personnel to discuss resume building and potential job opportunities

Military personnel from each branch of the armed services will participate in a “Battle of the Branches” round robin tournament at Little Caesars Arena. Family members and those participating in the Hoops For Troops Military/Veteran Career Fair will be able to attend the games.

The Detroit Pistons will also host their annual Veterans Day Game against the Atlanta Hawks. The game will include military concourse activations and in-game recognitions. There will be over 1,500 active/veteran military personnel and their families from metro Detroit attending the game.

The Pelicans staff will partner with several active military members and Belle Chasse Academy to put on a basketball camp for 100 middle school students of military families.