The Converse Open Gym made a special stop for sailors on Saturday, Sept. 11, anchoring at the Great Lakes Naval Base in North Chicago for a day full of basketball dedicated to our country’s fine servicemen and women.
Converse athlete and Chicago Bulls new recruit Kyle Korver enlisted in the action at the United States Navy’s Headquarters Command. As the only training command within the Navy, it hosts an estimated 50,000 recruits who pass through each year.
On this day, though, the ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, recruits had a chance to escape the daily grind of military life.
Korver, who hosted Open Gym events in Philadelphia during his tenure with the 76ers, met with the sailors and their families, tossed the ceremonial opening tip-off, and checked out some of the historic landmarks on base. Open Gym events are commonplace in the cities of Atlanta, Philly, Miami, Boston and Chicago. But this marked the first time one was held on a military base.
In the coming weeks, be on the lookout for video from the event here on the STACK Blog. Meantime, feast your eyes on the photo collection below.
This sign provide direction to Building 440, the MWR Fieldhouse, located on the Great Lakes Naval Base.
More than 400 Navy recruits reported for Open Gym duty.
Kyle Korver poses for a photo with Navy personnel during a break in the Open Gym action.
A Naval serviceman takes flight to throw down a dunk.
Photos: Nick Castle