The Military Basketball Association hosted its third annual championship tournament at the Air Force Academy Sunday.
“We saw some things overseas we’re never going to forget,” said Mike Meyers II, the Military Basketball Association Commissioner. “So being a person who lives and survives with PTSD, our organization is an outlet for troops.”
There were 20 men’s teams in three separate conferences, and four women’s teams. The teams were from all over the country. Members of all four branches were there.
“Teamwork is the heart and soul of our armed forces,” said Lt. General Guy Swan, Vice President of the Association of the United States Army. “There is no better sport to demonstrate teamwork than basketball.”
The association said having these tournaments helps current service members and veterans suffering from PTSD and other challenges recover and cope.
“There needs to be a place for this tournament every year, and we always push for Colorado Springs, because this is the most military supportive town that I know of,” said Doug Harris, President of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Association of the United States Army.
For next year’s tournament, the association is looking for additional sponsors so players don’t have to pay their full way out of their own pockets. Tap here for more information on how you can help.