The Washington Wizards will honor members of the military this season with a new “Stars and Stripes” uniform, the team announced Thursday.
The red, white and blue jersey will feature stars and stripes on each side, while the shorts will highlight stripes and the Wizards’ Washington Monument logo.
Fans can preorder the jersey at shop.monumentalsportsnetwork.com or at the team store on Oct. 13.
The team also announced that Reston, Virginia-based defense contractor Leidos will be the sponsor of their newly-established military series initiative. For games designated as part of the military series, the USO will donate 100 tickets, courtesy of Leidos, to military families of the designated branch being honored at the game.
Leidos will also support the “Military Hero Recognition,” an on-court acknowledgement of a current or former military service member, as well as the “Tickets for Troops” donation program which gives Wizards season ticket members the opportunity to donate their unused game tickets to USO service members.
Additionally, Leidos will support the “Defending the Rim” initiative, donating $100 to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation for every block made by a Wizards player. Last season, Leidos donated $32,000 to the foundation.
“We are proud to continue to support and honor the men and women in our Armed Forces and their families,” said Roger Krone, Leidos chairman and chief executive officer. “Through this initiative, we hope to highlight their sacrifice and commitment throughout the year.”
The following is a schedule for the Wizards Stars and Stripes uniforms during the 2016-17 season and the selected military branch that will be highlighted at each game:
- Fri., Nov. 11 vs Cleveland Cavaliers @ 7 p.m. – National Guard
- Wed., Dec. 14 vs Charlotte Hornets @ 7 p.m. – Air Force
- Wed., Jan. 18 vs Memphis Grizzlies @ 7 p.m. – Marines
- Fri., Feb. 10 vs Indiana Pacers @ 8 p.m. – Army
- Wed., Mar. 15 vs Dallas Mavericks @ 7 p.m. – Coast Guard
- Tues., Apr. 4 vs Charlotte Hornets @7 p.m. – Navy