Get your towels ready, it’s about to go down.
On November 9, the Hoyas will play the University of Florida’s Gators during Veterans Day weekend on a ship during the annual Naval-Marine Corps Challenge in Jacksonville, Florida. According to the Washington Examiner, there are three different ships marked out as locations for kicking off the Hoyas’ 2012-13 basketball season.
This will be one of three basketball games on naval ships to be played on Nov. 9, according to ESPN. The initial announcement of the game was made by Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, who boasts the city as being “one of America’s most military-friendly cities.” According to the Georgetown statement, “one of every four people in Jacksonville has a connection to the military and the city’s military installations together are responsible for more than $14 billion in regional economic impact.”
The schedule in November has been far from easy to finalize. Georgetown was initially set to play San Diego State on a different boat, and then they were scheduled to play Kentucky but that also failed to come together.
“It is a tremendous honor for our team to be involved with an event that will recognize the contributions of the United States Navy and all of our military,” Head Coach John Thompson III said in the press release sent out last Friday. The proceeds of the event will go to charity organizations devoted to transitional housing for veterans.
I think we can all agree that being on a boat is no joke. “This ain’t Sea World, this is as real as it gets.” According to Georgetown Sports Information, ticket information will be released at a later date. There are plans in case of inclement weather. We wouldn’t want a Titanic part 2 with the Hoyas getting swallowed up by Gators.
Although Georgetown’s full schedule has not yet been released, there are games confirmed against Texas at Madison Square Garden and Tennessee at the Verizon Center. The Hoyas will also play in the Legends Classic possibly facing off against powerhouses Indiana, UCLA, and Georgia.
We never thought we’d see the day, when a big boat comes the Hoyas’ way.
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