NEW YORK, N.Y. – Quinnipiac University men's basketball head coach Tom Moore and assistant coach Scott Burrell volunteered their time for a special event on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Moore and Burrell participated in "Playing Hoops With Heroes", a 3v3 Basketball Tournament featuring members of the United State Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, FDNY, NYPD and PAPD. The event was held in conjunction with Fleet Week in Manhattan at John Jay College by Lincoln Square.
"It is a privilege to help out at the 2nd Annual Hoops and Heroes Event this week at John Jay College in Manhattan," said Moore. "My assistant coach Scott Burrell and I look forward to coaching and working with the incredibly brave men and women of the US Military and New York City's First Responders in what should be a fun event for a great cause. It will be an honor and an inspiration spending time with these true heroes through the game of basketball."
Each team at the event had an NCAA coach on the sideline along with ESPN, CBS and NBC personalities adding commentary throughout the games. Several local and national media outlets attended the event, which drew more than 500 fans and at least 200 active duty military.
The day began with a trip to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for coaches and participants to explore. At the Intrepid, those in attendance took part in a "Bike Build" for children of servicemen and women. After the off-court festivities concluded, action began in the gym at John Jay at 4 p.m. The semifinals started at 7 p.m. and a winner was crowned later in the evening. The affair aimed to benefit The Bob Woodruff Foundation and USO Metropolitan New York.
About the Bob Woodruff Foundation
The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is the nonprofit dedicated to ensuring injured service members and their families are thriving long after they return home. A national organization with grassroots reach, the Bob Woodruff Foundation complements the work of the federal government—diligently navigating the maze of more than 40,000 nonprofits providing services to veterans—finds, funds and shapes innovative programs, and holds them accountable for results. To date, BWF has invested more than $20 million in public education and solutions, reaching more than a million service members, support personnel, veterans and their families. The Bob Woodruff Foundation was co-founded in 2006 by award-winning anchor Bob Woodruff and his family, whose own experiences inspired them to help ensure the nation's heroes have access to the high level of support and resources they deserve, for as long as they need it. For more information about the Bob Woodruff Foundation, please visit www.bobwoodrufffoundation.org.
USO Metropolitan New York
Throughout our country's history, Americans have felt profound appreciation and gratitude for the dedication and sacrifice of our troops and their families. The USO provides a tangible way for all of us to say thank you, as it has for 70 years. Thanks to your generosity, the USO fulfills its mission of lifting the spirits of America's troops and their families. Through the USO, you touch their lives through an extensive range of programs at more than 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries, and at hundreds of entertainment events each year. Thousands of USO volunteers do everything possible to provide a home away from home for our troops and to keep them connected to the families they left behind. The USO makes sure your help goes to those who need it the most: troops serving in combat, their families, our wounded warriors and their families, and families of the fallen. As a nonprofit, non-political organization, the USO is now, and always will be, about our troops. Wherever and whenever they go, the USO will be there, until everyone comes home. For more information about USO Metropolitan New York, please visit http://www.usonyc.org.