Truman Sailors Compete with Semi-Pro Basketball Team

Story Number: NNS111117-05Release Date: 11/17/2011 4:54:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Leona Mynes, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- A basketball team comprised of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Sailors competed with the semi-professional Portsmouth Cavaliers in a Veteran's Day game at Portsmouth Catholic Regional School, Nov. 12.

The Cavaliers beat Team Truman 100-60; however, Truman players felt undefeated, said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) 3rd Class Roy Jackson, assigned to Truman's Air department and Team Truman's guard.

"The more we play together as a team, the better we work as a team at work or on the court," said Jackson, who has been on Team Truman for more than 18 months. "The team and I have played together so long that I already know their strengths and weaknesses, and I can play to that."

Jackson said the team appreciated the opportunity to play against a local semi-professional team.

"We placed second in an all-Navy tournament last year," said Jackson. "Tonight we got to compete against a different type of team with different types of players, and I think that made us stronger."

Team Truman was invited to play by the Cavaliers through a connection made by Team Truman's coach, Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class (AW) Christopher Sanchez, who is assigned to Air department.

"One of the Cavaliers' coaches is retired Navy, and I served with him aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)," said Sanchez. "They invited us to play and that gave us the chance to be recognized by the local community."

Sanchez said the event was the Cavaliers' way of highlighting and showing appreciation for military service.

Truman is undergoing a docking planned incremental availability (DPIA) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., to conduct maintenance and refurbish shipboard systems. Truman is expected to return to the fleet in the summer of 2012.

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