Military Appreciation Night: May 23

Posted: May 21

PHOENIX –To celebrate Military Appreciation Month, the Phoenix Mercury will honor veterans and active men and women of the military during Military Appreciation Night on Friday, May 23, when the team takes on the San Antonio Stars. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The special evening is part of the WNBA’s “Hoops for Troops” platform.

Prior to tipoff, fans are encouraged to visit the Military Appreciation table inside the Casino Arizona Pavilion to write a “Thank You” message to military personnel on red, white and blue paper. Messages from players, fans and notable Valley residents will be collected at games and community events throughout the season, and will be used to build an American Flag to display during the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star game.

The evening will also feature special inclusion of active duty and veteran military personnel in pre-game activities, including the singing of the National Anthem and the presentation of the nation’s colors. Active and veteran members of the military will also participate in numerous in-game activities and recognitions.

In addition, Veteran’s First, a local organization that supports at-risk female veterans, will recognize military women that served during the Vietnam War Era of Conflict with a special plaque during the game. Veteran’s First will also participate in the 50/50 raffle and the Community Assist program.

As host of Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014, the Mercury will continue its support of the military with the All-Stars and Stripes program. For every All-Star Game ticket sold, the team will donate $1 to local charities benefiting military heroes and their families. The Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star game will take place on Saturday, July 19 at US Airways Center. The game will tip off at 12:30 p.m.

Limited tickets are still available for the Mercury’s matchup against the San Antonio Stars on Friday, May 23 at US Airways Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Fans can visit to purchase tickets.