The Utah Jazz will commemorate Veteran's Day with events to benefit multiple charities that support America's military veterans, their families, and families of soldiers who died in combat, the organization stated in a press release on Wednesday.
During the national anthem at Friday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, military veterans and children of fallen soldiers will be on the court at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
Youth members of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, whose mission is "caring for the families of America's fallen heroes," will line up with the Jazz players. A large American flag will be displayed on the court by members of Continue Mission, which aids veterans who were physically, mentally, and emotionally injured in their service.
A "Hoops for Troops" contest will provide tickets to Continue Mission and TAPS. Tickets were donated by players Mike Conley, Danté Exum, Rudy Gobert, Jeff Green, Joe Ingles and Donovan Mitchell, the organizations stated in a press release.
During pre-game shoot-around at the Bucks game, Jazz players will also wear "Hoops for Troops" T-shirts.
"'Hoops for Troops' is a year-round initiative led by the NBA, its teams and players in collaboration with the Department of Defense, USO, TAPS and other military and veteran-serving organizations. It honors active and retired service members and their families," the Jazz press release states.
Members of the public can participate in an online auction "with items including a suite to a Jazz game, signed Jazz jerseys, Jazz game tickets, private court time at Vivint Smart Home Arena and more," according to the press release. That auction will benefit Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships to military families.
On Saturday, Jazz players will join 100 military members from Hill Air Force Base and the Utah National Guard, as well as their families, for bowling at Fat Cats in Millcreek.