ERIE BAYHAWKS & LECOM ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR SALUTE OUR TROOPS GAME
First ever contest gives fans a chance to register local service men and women to be recognized at the Nov. 23 game and receive a personalized commemorative jersey
ERIE, PA – The Erie BayHawks, NBA G League affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans, and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) will honor service men and women during the team’s game on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:00 p.m. versus the Raptors 905 with their ninth annual “Salute Our Troops” game.
For the first time ever, special recognition will be given to 10 local active service members or veterans whose names are randomly selected through an online contest on GoErie.com. In order to be selected, family members or friends must submit the name and photo of the person they wish to commemorate, along with a short description of their service.
The contest which can be found at www.goerie.com/contests will run for three weeks, ending on October 21. Winners will be announced in a special Veteran’s Day section of the Erie Times-News on November 10, and those selected will receive tickets to the “Salute Our Troops” game, a personalized commemorative jersey, and will be introduced with the team that night.
The BayHawks will also wear commemorative uniforms that feature a black, white and grey camouflage design, and will be auctioned during the game with all proceeds benefitting the Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors.
Other activities for the day include:
· Current and retired military personnel receive free tickets to the game when they show their military ID or DD214 card at the Erie Insurance Arena Box Office
· All service men and women in attendance will be recognized pre-game during a video tribute honoring all five branches of the military
· POW / MIA flag placed over an empty seat courtside
· BayHawks players thank service men and women in special video tribute
· Fans can honor or remember loved ones who served or are serving in the military during the “Soldier Salute” taking place during a break in the game
Fans can purchase group tickets and premium seating through ErieBayHawks.com or by calling 814-790-5600. Single-game tickets will be available for purchase at a later date.
The Erie BayHawks, presented by LECOM, are the NBA G League affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans. The NBA G League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. The BayHawks, established in 2008, play their home games at Erie Insurance Arena and were one of the first teams in the G League to establish a marquee partnership. The BayHawks marquee partner, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), LECOM School of Dental Medicine and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida, LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. LECOM physicians serve as the BayHawks medical staff, the team practices at the state-of-the-art LECOM Medical Fitness & Wellness Center, and together the BayHawks and LECOM promote education, health and wellness throughout Erie County.