NCAA to honor national and local heroes at 2013 Men's Final Four in Atlanta
ATLANTA -- The NCAA will honor the nation’s military and civil servants at the 2013 Men’s Final Four Championship in Atlanta. In attendance at the games on Saturday will be veterans from the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, all of whom were recently deployed or received honors. Attendees for Monday include members of the Georgia State Patrol, Atlanta Police Department and Atlanta Fire Department, as well as Newtown, Conn., Police Chief Michael Kehoe and Samaritan’s Feet founder Manny Ohonme.
The U.S. Army’s First Army division trains, validates and deploys the nation’s Reserve and National Guard forces for operations worldwide. Those in attendance at the 2013 Final Four are both trainer mentors and soldiers recently returning from a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan. All are assigned to the 188th Infantry Brigade in Fort Stewart, Ga.
The U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) will also be in attendance. SOAR provides helicopter support to the world’s most elite special operations forces such as Navy SEALS, Green Berets and Army Rangers.
Also representing the U.S. Army, soldiers of the 335th Signal Command will be in attendance at the game. The 335th Signal Command has been continuously deployed longer than any unit in the Army Reserve, rotating hundreds of soldiers to Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001. These soldiers provide critical communications support to military personnel and coalition partners.
The U.S. Navy will be represented by sailors from the United States Naval Reserve Support Center in Atlanta. These men and women have been recognized as Top Sailors and recently returned from deployment overseas.
Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe and Samaritan’s Feet founder Manny Ohonme will attend the National Championship game. Chief Kehoe’s team was the first to respond to the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, and his department is committed to restoring a sense of security and normalcy to the community. With the help of Feed the Hungry, Manny Ohonme and Samaritan’s Feet partnered with the NCAA to distribute 7,500 pairs of shoes and 2,500 boxes of food for families in need.
On behalf of the Atlanta Police Department, officers from the Department of Corrections will also be in attendance on Monday. These officers are recognized for their service and achievements for the Atlanta Police Department during the courses of their careers.