Armed Forces Classic honors Navy

Don Robbins

Editor, Ho‘okele

The 2016 Armed Forces Classic college basketball tournament at the University of Hawaii’s Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu took place on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

The games and surrounding events during the week at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam were held to honor the Navy and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The ESPN Classic featured NCAA Division I men’s doubleheader basketball games with the Arizona Wildcats vs. Michigan State Spartans and University of Indiana Hoosiers vs. University of Kansas Jayhawks.

In addition, the teams took part in a basketball practice at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fitness Center, toured the USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) and USS Columbus (SSN 762), and participated in an ESPN Youth Sports Basketball Clinic at JBPHH Fitness Center.

The Armed Forces Classic switches venues annually to different military locations around the world.

Michigan State Spartan Kenny Goins slam dunks a basket during the 2016 Armed Forces Classic at Hawaii University's Stan Sheriff Center, Nov. 11. Below, Sailors stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam cheer on the Arizona Wildcats. Photo illustration U.S. Navy photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Somers Steelman

Michigan State Spartan Kenny Goins slam dunks a basket during the 2016 Armed Forces Classic at Hawaii University’s Stan Sheriff Center, Nov. 11. Below, Sailors stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam cheer on the Arizona Wildcats.
Photo illustration U.S. Navy photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Somers Steelman

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U.S. Navy Sailors play the national anthem and present colors during the 2016 Armed Forces Classic, Nov. 11.

U.S. Navy Sailors play the national anthem and present colors during the 2016 Armed Forces Classic, Nov. 11.

Navy Sailor Senior Chief Joel Cesar passes out T-shirts at the half-time show. U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Wesley Timm

Navy Sailor Senior Chief Joel Cesar passes out T-shirts at the half-time show. U.S. Marine Corps photos by Cpl. Wesley Timm

A U.S. Navy Sailor watches the game.

A U.S. Navy Sailor watches the game.

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