The Cavaliers will hold their annual Wine and Gold Scrimmage at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton on Sept. 30, the team announced.
The Cavs will install a portable basketball court in a hangar that usually houses C-17 aircraft so service men and women and their families can attend. The team will fly in to tour the base before the 4:30 p.m. scrimmage.
“We are very excited to host the Cavs and show them how Wright-Patt directly enhances the warfighting capability and lethality of our airmen in the field,” Col. Tom Sherman, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander said in a prepared statement. “It is also a great treat for our airmen to get to meet some of the players and watch them play in one of our hangars. It certainly isn’t something you see every day.”
Cavs General Manager Koby Altman called the scrimmage “a valuable and educational connection for our team to make together during training camp.”
“It is also a tribute to our service men and women, not only at Wright-Patterson, but everywhere,” Altman said in a prepared statement. “We can learn from these great airmen that are serving and protecting our country. We also hope our visit will reinforce for our group some of the core traits of how we want to play and who we want to be, on and off the court. At the same time, we want to provide a fun and exciting day for the service families that will attend.”
Quicken Loans Arena is undergoing extensive renovation and is on schedule to reopen for a Justin Timberlake concert Oct. 2. The Cavs’ first home preseason game is Oct. 6 against the Boston Celtics. It was recently announced that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and the organization are contributing $45 million to the initial $140 million project.
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