The Thunder will hold its fifth annual Military Appreciation Night on Wednesday night for OKC's 7 p.m. game against Washington at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The nation’s troops and veterans will be honored and it will include a special Thunder Cares auction and raffle, in-game recognition of military personnel, an exclusive T-shirt offer and more. Nearly 500 military personnel and families will be in attendance, including 80 soldiers and family members from the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Fires Brigade. As part of its Devon Community Heroes program, the Thunder will honor six military heroes, including three who lost their lives. Those being honored Wednesday include Lt. Jered Ewy, Spc. Christopher Horton and Sgt. Mycal Prince, all members of the Oklahoma National Guard killed in action in Aghanistan. Sgt. Ed O'Neil, Sgt. Legrande Strickland and Sgt. James Stuck, all of whom were wounded and lost legs in service to their nation, will be in attendance to accept the honor. The families of these six men will receive scholarships through the Folds of Honor Foundation, a Tulsa-based organization that supports the families of killed or wounded soldiers across the country. The scholarships have been funded by donations from Thunder fans collected during last October’s preseason game in Tulsa. THUNDER CARES AUCTION:
The Thunder Cares Foundation will hold a special auction and raffle during the game, benefiting the Folds of Honor Foundation. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of Thunder-autographed items and other signed sports memorabilia, including a team-autographed Thunder pennant. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 and will offer fans a chance to win a Thunder team-signed basketball. Raffle and auction tables will be located outside Section 120, near the Thunder Shop; auction bids and raffle entries will be accepted until the end of the third quarter. EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT:
Fans will have the opportunity to purchase an exclusive Thunder “Rise Up for Freedom” T-shirt for $12 at the Thunder Shop outside Section 120 on Wednesday night. With each T-shirt purchased, the Thunder will donate an identical T-shirt to troops stationed overseas. LETTERS TO TROOPS:
The Thunder will collect and mail letters of support to troops stationed abroad. During the game, fans can stop by the table outside Section 120 to write letters of thanks and encouragement; the Thunder will send these letters to servicemen and -women currently serving overseas. IN-GAME FEATURES:
Prior to the game, Chaplain (Maj.) Brad Hanna of the Oklahoma National Guard will lead the invocation and members of the Oklahoma National Guard will present the colors. The halftime presentation will feature the Southeast High School JROTC silent drill team. During their exhibition, the Thunder will honor Oklahomans killed in action overseas in the last 10 years. Names of these men and women will be scrolled on the scoreboard and listed in the game program. TICKET INFO:
Fans who would like to attend the game can find guaranteed authentic tickets from other fans on the NBATickets Resale Marketplace. Starting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, fans can also register at the Kia Thunder Rewards Zone located on the north side of Chesapeake Energy Arena for a chance to win one of 50 pairs of Love’s Loud City tickets for that night’s game. More information on both of these opportunities is located at THUNDER.NBA.COM.