Arsenal Host Pre-Season Game and Scrimmage
Anaheim, Calif., November 5, 2007-The Anaheim Arsenal will host a Pre-Season game versus the Los Angeles D-Fenders on November 19 at 6:00PM. The Arsenal and D-Fenders will be entertaining the United States Marines as the game will take place at the Paige Fieldhouse located on the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in Camp Pendleton, CA which is located just south of Orange County, CA.
Arsenal and D-Fenders players will be taking part in a multi-faceted base tour prior to the game which will include visiting "Wounded Warriors", having a meal with the Marines in the Camp Pendleton cafeteria as well as signing autographs for the Marines before and after the game.
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is the largest West Coast expeditionary training facility in the Marine Corps. The Base is home to the First Marine Expeditionary Force, 1st Marine Division, 1st Force Service Support Group, elements of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Weapons & Field Training Battalion, School of Infantry, Marine Corps and Army Reserve Forces, Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, the Navy's Assault Craft Unit 5 and a Naval Hospital.
"The Marines sacrifice so much for the entire country that we feel humbled and honored to play for them." Jamaal Thomas, 2006-2007 Arsenal Forward and one of the 2007-2008 Arsenal training camp invitees, stated.
Marines and Sailors from Camp Pendleton continue to deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom to conduct security and stabilization operations. Camp Pendleton's daytime population of 60,000 includes military personnel, their families, civilian employees and citizens of neighboring communities who conduct business here. Additionally, more than 28,000 retired military and 21,000 reservists depend on the Base's services and facilities.
Arsenal Head Coach Reggie Geary said, "From our perspective, this is the least we can do to honor our Marines and give them a great show. We are so fortunate to have Marines who make sacrifices for our country to keep us safe. It is a true honor to have this opportunity."
Jeff Jones, President of the Arsenal, said, "This event is just a small contribution to the men and women who selflessly lay down everything for this country. The Arsenal is honored to be able to host this event."
The Anaheim Arsenal will also be hosting the Bakersfield Jam for a Pre-Season scrimmage November 16 at 7:30PM to be held at the Arsenal's home court at the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center. The scrimmage will be highlighted by Arsenal sponsored FREE tickets and FREE parking to promote the opening of the 2007-2008 NBA Development League season.
All basketball fans are invited out for a FREE night of NBA D-League entertainment which will include the D-League's first look at Arsenal top draft pick, 6'7" Forward Kedrick Brown. Allocated players for the Arsenal include 2006 2nd Round Draft Pick for the Clippers, 6'2" Guard Guillermo Diaz, as well as returning 6'9" Forward Steven Smith who played for the Atlanta Hawks this past NBA preseason. The FREE scrimmage will also serve as the debut of the new Anaheim Arsenal Dance Team as well as post-game player autograph sessions for all Arsenal fans.
Entering its seventh season, the NBA Development League, the NBA's minor league established to develop talent across all disciplines for the NBA, has relocated its headquarters from Greenville, S.C. to New York City. The move provides the D-League with direct access to the support and resources of the NBA and WNBA. During the 2006-07 season 19 NBA teams assigned 24 players to D-League rosters and 14 NBA teams called-up 16 players ('Gatorade Call-ups'). In addition to players, the D-League has also provided the training ground for every referee hired by the NBA since 2002, and this season the first former D-League coach will lead an NBA team as Sam Vincent takes over the reigns with the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Arsenal season tips off at home on November 24 against the Utah Flash at 7:30PM at the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center. Arsenal 2007-2008 season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Arsenal Ticket Office at (714)635-BALL.
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