Sinclair Men’s Basketball honors all Vets; past, present and future

Sinclair Men’s Basketball honors all Vets; past, present and future

Immediate Release –Sports

November 11, 2016

Sinclair Men’s Basketball honors all Vets; past, present and future

Dayton, OH – (13)Sinclair (3-0) Men’s basketball team used Friday the 11th (Veterans Day) to honor our military with a number of events surrounding the Women’s & Men’s doubleheader basketball game against St. Clair County out of Port Huron, MI.

Military Appreciation Day in Building 8 Arena got off to a great start with the help of Sinclair Veterans Affairs.  They organized a great turnout from campus and had a couple of informational tables with information and free swag being handed out all night. During halftime of the Women’s game, they conducted a contest of musical basketballs with the crowd.

Coach Price invited Colonel Rick Johns, Commander of the 88th Communications Group at Wright Patterson Air Force Base to address the team in the locker room during pre-game.  Colonel Johns gave an inspiring 6 minute inspirational speech followed by a moment of silence for all the Veterans.

A tradition that started 7 years ago with a simple invitation from Coach Price to the Commander at WPAFB has grown into an honored event annually on campus on Veteran’s Day.  In tune with the day, Wright Patterson AFB provided the Honor Guard for the night to present the Colors and Staff Sergeant Kelly Perry of the Air Force Band of Flight to sing the National Anthem.

Before the announcement of home team’s starting lineup, Sinclair honored both Colonel Rick Johns and Retired Tech Sergeant Herbert S. Burton of the U.S. Army.  Tech Sergeant Burton served during the Korean War earning several medal and citations that included: Occupation Medal (Japan), Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Campaign Stars, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and the United Nations Korean Service Medal.

Also being recognized and serving as honorary assistant coaches for the Pride was two active duty military personnel.  Tech Sergeant Joel M Glenn is the Cyber Surety Craftsman assigned to the 88th Communications Group as the Non-Commissioned Officer in charge, policy and evaluations at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  Joining him on the bench was Lieutenant Michael J Price a Nuclear Engineer-Submarines with the U.S. Navy serving as the Navigation Officer on the U.S.S. Tennessee (Gold Team) out of Kings Bay, Georgia as well as Coach Price’s oldest son.

As the first half came to a conclusion and both teams left the floor for halftime, Coach Price kept his team on the base line for a very special and honored event.  The United States Air Force recruiters brought 8 Enlisted Personnel out to center court and presented them to Colonel Rich Johns for a swearing in ceremony.  The large Friday night crowd as well as the Sinclair team stood quietly as they watched these 8 extremely brave individuals lifted their right hand to take an oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. 

You can go to YouTube to watch the 1:50 full video of the Swearing In Ceremony: https://youtu.be/LvbWaMOe2_I

As they finished taking the oath and before they exited the floor, the Sinclair players, coaches and staff lined up to shake each and every brave individuals hand.  A solemn moment as you heard the players moving through the line saying thank you to the individuals who just voluntarily committed to put their life on the line to protect this great country.

At the end of the swearing in ceremony, Staff Sergeant Kelly Perry returned to the floor to finish the night with a very inspiring God Bless America.

The night was full of honor and appreciation for the men and women in uniform as well as for those that have served and those individuals that have made the ultimate sacrifice.