New York Post Article - Coaches on Important Mission
Daily Progress Article - For the troops
RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan head men’s basketball coach Barry Rohrssen will travel to the Persian Gulf Region for nine days beginning next week as part of “Operation Hoop Talk”, a goodwill initiative sponsored by the United States Organizations (USO). The Jaspers’ third year head coach will visit the Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday to visit wounded soldiers before traveling oversees to meet the amazing men and women defending the nation. “Operation Hoop Talk” is a similar mission as the “Operation Hardwood” Tour Rohrssen participated in last summer. Its goal is to boost the moral and bring a touch of home to those serving in the Middle East.
“It’s an honor to be selected and a part of this special journey,” explained Rohrssen. “It will be my second tour within the same calendar year, and having already witnessed the bravery and heroism of our courageous soldiers firsthand I am even more excited about this upcoming mission.”
Rohrssen will be joined by fellow coaches Jerry Wainwright (DePaul University), Jeff Jones (American University), Gary Stewart (UC Davis), along with Reggie Minton (National Association of Basketball Coaches), Pete Gillen (former Virginia coach and current television analyst), Dave Odom (former South Carolina & Wake Forest coach and current television analyst) and Dennis Wolff (former Boston University coach).
One of the USO’s newest entertainment initiatives, “Operation Hoop Talk: Talking Hoops with the Troops,” is modeled after the popular Operation Links, Gridiron and Hardwood programs which brings top sports figures and sports related events to troops abroad. The basketball coaches will share insider tips and hold basketball clinics on multiple military bases.
For more than 66 years the Unites States Organization has been providing morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S. military personnel and their families. The USO is a non-profit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services. For more information on the USO please visit www.uso.org.