OGGOA was lucky enough to be on-site for the Navy-Marine Corps Classic on Friday at Navy Mayport Station in Jacksonville, FL featuring the No. 10 Florida Gators and Georgetown Hoyas. Though the game itself was suspended at halftime, the event was one to remember and provided plenty of great sights for the military, players, coaches, staff, media and fans in attendance. Below are 40 choice pictures, including a few panoramas, taken by OGGOA at the event. Click on the first picture below and then click the “next” arrow to view each additional picture (click to enlarge).
» Head coach Billy Donovan on what his team can take away from the event: “The thing that I think any coach is trying to do is I think share a lot of values that the military shares. Our guys are not in life and death situations. Just talking to a lot of the men and women and captains and admirals, the thing that stands out to me is the sacrifice, the unselfishness, being a part of something bigger than themselves, to realize that they’re putting their life in the hands of someone else, someone else is putting their life in the hands of them. I think those are messages you try to get across to our team. I would say not at the same level; the guys are not going to war. As it relates to their basketball future and career, there are so many valuable teaching lessons in this. For our guys to see 3,000 people working on the ship, to see the discipline, the focus, the attention to detail, all those things are things we want our basketball team to do. It was really a great experience. I’m disappointed that we couldn’t finish out the game. It was really great.”
» Senior guard Kenny Boynton on his experience: “I had a good two days here. It was an honor to be here playing in this game. I’ll always remember it. … It’s been a great experience, I think for us and them. We look up to them, and they seemed like they enjoyed us here. I had a great time here, and if I could do it all over again, I would.”
» Junior center Patric Young, who was one of a number of players to give his jersey to a member of the military after the game: “He didn’t even ask for it. I just gave it to him. That was probably the first time I’ve ever did that. I wish I could have gave him more just to let him know how thankful we are for what he’s done.”