The inaugural Carrier Classic on the USS Carl Vinson was a huge success and a magical moment for those involved, attending in person and watching on TV. The biggest concern was the weather and outdoor court conditions, but thankfully, the rain started just after the conclusion of the game. It was a powerful experience to witness this basketball event attended by our veterans, those actively serving, and the President of the United States.
Many thanks to Sharon Powell (Director, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society) who was able to provide access to eCoronado.com so we could bring you this story firsthand.
Please enjoy the photos and videos. If you attended the event, please share your experience in the comments.
ESPN special on USS Carl Vinson - 24 Hours on a Carrier:
Air Force One flying over San Diego Bay en route to North Island:
The view of Air Force One from Coronado Beach looking towards Ocean Blvd. Many thanks to the eCoronado.com staff that were prepared to capture the moment in case of a beach approach.
Video of President Obama and the First Lady walking into the stadium area:
Fighter jets scream over the USS Carl Vinson. Many residents said they heard the jets on TV and from their homes!
President Obama addresses the crowd:
You can listen to the first two minutes of his address to the players and those in attendance:
Both teams wore camouflage jerseys and gave them away to veterans and active service members after the game. It was a nice touch to see USA on the back of each jersey and not the player's name:
President Obama watched the game from mid-court with the Tarheels beating the Spartans, 67-55. Obama is greeting Wounded Warriors in the photos below:
Magic Johnson was being interviewed by ESPN. Magic played for Michigan State University.
The Navy band resting between songs.
A magnificent night on the USS Carl Vinson:
Mark Terrill of the Associated Press captured this stunning photo below:
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