#Hoops4TroopsPosted on November 07, 2013 by Jeremy Hyman
Today, in support of the MSE Foundation's military and veterans' affairs initiatives, the Wizards hosted wounded warriors from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as well as TAPS families at practice.
The team has held events like this in the past, but there can never be enough thanks given to these men and women that serve our country. Each year it's always a great reminder to everyone in the organization that they work in the entertainment business, and these service men and women are the true heroes.
The players and coaches did a great job welcoming in the wounded warriors and the families as they first watched from up above and then moved down courtside for an up-close view of Wizards practice.
Afterwards, John Wall even brought one of the young men out onto the court and challenged him to a shooting contest; where from his wheelchair he sank a few shots to a rousing applause from the audience. Wall signed autographs and gave the man his sneakers as a small thank you for his sacrifice.
The entire team spent time with all of the folks on hand and many of the players provided gifts, autographs, and had lengthy conversations with the invited guests.
Back in late October, members of the Wizards organization took a trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD to visit patients on site and see what their day-to-day lives were like.
They interacted with the patients at their training facility and then saw how some of the prosthetics are made in the lab. It was an eye-opening experience for the the guys and a trip that put their careers in perspective as they saw what the real world was like.
One of the patients told the players that their visit took her mind off of her injured leg, so even for that 20 minute period they were able to bring some joy into her life.
These are the reasons why it's important to take part in these initiatives.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and Telos Corporation will tip off the inaugural Washington Wizards Courage Program on Nov. 8 when the team hosts the Brooklyn Nets at Verizon Center. Hats with the word "Courage" written in the Wizards' wordmark will go on sale with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).
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