Team March participates in NBA’s Hoops for Troops

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U.S. Air Force photo/Linda Welz

The Los Angeles Lakers partnered with Pechanga Resort and Casino to offer a free basketball clinic to Team March members as part of the National Basketball Association’s “NBA Cares Hoops for Troops” program. NBA Cares Hoops for Troops is a year-round initiative led by the NBA, its teams and players in collaboration with the Department of Defense, USO and other military and veteran serving organizations to honor active and retired service men and women and their families. In addition to the basketball clinic, participants were given T-shirts and game tickets for themselves and up to three guests each. The hour-long clinic began with the Lakers coaching staff running Team March members through several drills. The clinic, which was held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, the afternoon of October 8, was followed three hours later by the game where the Lakers lost to the Toronto Raptors 105 to 97.  This is the third year Team March members have been invited to participate in the program. The first year, there was a basketball clinic at March Air Reserve Base, in conjunction with The Healthy Base Initiative, for dependent children, and last year Team March members joined NBA professionals in a nearby community to serve holiday meals to those less fortunate.