The NBA has a long-standing history of working with the military as part of the Hoops for Troops program and its ongoing work with the USO to support service members around the globe. Since 2003, the NBA has called upon players and legends to visit with active-duty military at installations in Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Texas, Egypt and Ireland.
Most recently, Caron Butler, Sam Perkins, Bob Delaney and the WNBA’s Ivory Latta brought an all-star experience to Afghanistan. The tour included exciting activities like 3-point contests, dunk challenges, unit visits, a Hoops for Troops USO Town Hall, an All Star-themed USO viewing party and the first-ever Hoops for Troops USO basketball tournament. Check out the below video to see more from this tour.
Celebrity ConnectionThe 2017 trip marked the third USO tour for NBA legend Sam Perkins, who observed, “USO tours and NBA initiatives like this are so important to our men and women in uniform. They do more than just entertain them, they bring them a piece of home and let them know that America cares about them and hasn’t forgotten them.”
Mar 30, 2017
'Basketball Unites Us': NBA's Caron Butler, Sam Perkins, Bob Delaney and WNBA's Ivory Latta Head on USO Tour
Two days before tip-off at the 66th Annual NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, the USO and the NBA brought the excitement of the big game to service members stationed in the Middle East through a USO/NBA Hoops for Troops USO tour featuring NBA legends Caron Butler and Sam Perkins, Vice President of NBA Referee Operations Bob Delaney and current Washington Mystics WNBA player Ivory Latta.
Dec 12, 2016
Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Ray Allen and More Visit Service Members on USO Chairman's Holiday Tour
The USO Chairman’s Holiday Tour - featuring actors Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, retired NBA star Ray Allen, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Maya DiRado, country star Craig Campbell and mentalist and tour emcee Jim Karol - spent a week of visiting troops in Afghanistan, Turkey, Qatar and Germany.
Feb 11, 2015
Channing Tatum, Adam Rodriguez and Nick Zano Wrap USO Tour to Afghanistan
Actors Channing Tatum, Adam Rodriguez and Nick Zano embarked on a six-day USO handshake tour to Afghanistan, which was the first USO experience for the trio. In all, Tatum, Rodriguez and Zano visited with more than 1,500 service members downrange.