–In celebration of the NBA’s Hoops for Troops week and in an effort to show their appreciation for the Armed Forces, the Washington Wizards hosted local veterans, active military personnel and their families for the team’s annual Wizards Care Salute to the Stars Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.
General manager Ernie Grunfeld, head coach Scott Brooks and guards Tim Frazier and John Wall joined the military guests in the Etihad Lounge at Capital One Arena before practice as they assembled 500 comfort kits, courtesy of the Red Cross, for those affected by Hurricane Irma. Comfort kits contain basic everyday items such as toothbrushes, tissues and deodorant to help those whose lives have been affected by the hurricane.
Following the service project, the military guests enjoyed a visit from center Marcin Gortat and lunch in the Player’s Club at Capital One Arena. Afterwards, they all headed to the practice court where they watched practice and participated in a meet and greet with all of the Wizards players, along with coaches and front office personnel.
Salute to the Stars gives the team an opportunity to recognize veterans, active military personnel and their families who have lost a loved one. The guests of honor for this year’s event were from the Wounded Warriors Project, the Amputee Clinic Leadership Program and other military groups.