Jan. 8, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's basketball team visited Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on Tuesday for a tour of the facilities and to interact with children at the base's youth center.
The Wildcats viewed an A-10 Thunderbolt static display and received a mission brief by the vice wing commander before heading to the Benko Fitness Center where more than 40 children welcomed them with cheers and signs as they entered. The team signed autographs and played basketball with the children.
"This was a great chance for them to interact," said Russ Pennell, UA interim head coach. "Seeing how the kids light up is really the most exciting thing."
Not only did the visit give the team a chance to interact with local youth, but it was a learning experience for the Cats as well. "This was a great opportunity to show the guys what goes on in the Air Force," said Mike Dunlap, UA associate head coach. "They were really excited about coming out here."