NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) attended the Old Dominion University (ODU) Monarchs vs. Northeastern University Huskies basketball game at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk Jan. 23.
ODU and Truman's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) coordinated the event, which brought the military and college communities closer, said Ashley Vellines, the groups and premium services manager for ODU.
"Truman and ODU have a great relationship," said Vellines. "The Hampton Roads area is a tight-knit military community, and ODU wanted to honor them for all they do for us."
Truman's participation in ODU events helps strengthen community ties while reinforcing support for uniformed services, and ODU appreciated Truman's military presence and professionalism during the presentation of colors, said Vellines.
At the event, Yeoman 3rd Class (SW/AW) Marshondra Miller sang the national anthem and Damage Controlman 3rd Class Roxanne Sifuentes, Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Iris Villalobos, Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Long Lam, and Aviation Support Equipment Technician Airman Jennifer Bartholomew served as the color guard.
Sailors were able to purchase tickets for discounted prices through MWR, said Chief Ship's Serviceman Craig Wallace, MWR leading chief petty officer.
"We try to build morale for Sailors on board the ship in any way we can," said Wallace. "Truman is such a large command, and sometimes the community doesn't know which commands are in port. Being here tonight lets the community know that Truman is in town, and we are supporting them."
The basketball game was one of many events MWR plans for Truman Sailors and families, said Wallace.
The ODU Monarchs defeated the Northeastern University Huskies 69-57.
Truman is undergoing a docking planned incremental availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.
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