It may not be a federal holiday, but that won’t stop the Indian River High School basketball programs from honoring veterans on Wednesday, Feb. 1, when they host “Military Appreciation Night” for their boys’ and girls’ varsity doubleheader against Cape Henlopen.
“We just wanted to take an opportunity to thank and respect all of our military veterans, anyone who’s fought and served for our country, on a day that’s not necessarily a special day set aside,” explained Indian River High School Athletic Director Todd Fuhrmann of the concept.
“It’s something that I’ve seen done at the college level and other venues, and I had never seen one here, so I thought it’d just be a great thing to do at one of our games.”
The festivities will get under way with the girls’ game against the Vikings, starting at 5:15 p.m., with the boys’ game to follow.
Special presentations will include the boys’ game kicking off with the Marine JROTC Color Guard presenting and a performance of the national anthem around 6:20 p.m. (depending on the end time for the girls’ game).
There will also be halftime festivities held during both games, in which fans will be selected to compete in halftime shooting contests, with the chance to win prizes.
The entire community is being invited to show their support both for the two local schools, as well as military veterans.
“Especially with two teams that are so close playing each other, two varsity games, it’s just a great night for people to really enjoy themselves and be able to thank veterans for what they’ve done for us,” said Fuhrmann.
The games will be held at Indian River High School on Wednesday, Feb. 1, starting at 5:15 p.m.
Anyone presenting a military I.D. — active, reserve or retired — will be granted a discounted admission price of $1.
For more information, contact Todd Fuhrmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.