July 27, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State men's and women's basketball teams headline the 2012 Carrier Classic®, presented by the Morale Entertainment Foundation, a Georgia not-for-profit corporation, Nov. 9, 2012 in Charleston, S.C. The event is a doubleheader pitting the Ohio State women's team against NCAA runner-up Notre Dame and the men's teams of Marquette, who advanced to the Sweet 16 last season, and Final Four participant Ohio State. It will be played on the USS Yorktown, a museum ship at the Patriots Point historical complex in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., in Charleston Harbor.
"We are excited to have the opportunity to play in the 2012 Carrier Classic," Thad Matta, ninth-year head coach of the Ohio State men's team, said. "This is a fantastic chance for both of our basketball programs to participate in something that is more than just a basketball game. It is a chance to honor the men and women who have made sacrifices for each one of us. This is another experience our student-athletes will always remember from their time at The Ohio State University."
The 2011 Carrier Classic® attracted United States President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to the U.S.S. Carl Vinson and garnered some of the highest television ratings for that time period. The 2012 Carrier Classic® will again focus attention on America's veterans and members of the armed services, while raising money for organizations that support them.
The 2012 beneficiaries are the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and Museum and the Wounded Warrior Project. The 2011 Carrier Classic® contributed almost half a million dollars to its beneficiaries.
"This will be a great opportunity to educate our student-athletes that the world is bigger than they realize," Jim Foster, Ohio State's women's coach who enters his 11th season in 2012-13, said. "It also gives us a chance to play a quality opponent early in the season that will give us some perspective on where we are and where we need to be at the end of the season."
The USS Yorktown, the host ship for the 2012 event, is the home of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Yorktown served with distinction in World War II, and the Vietnam conflict, and was the ship that recovered the Apollo 8 spacecraft.
Tickets to the Carrier Classic® will again be provided at no cost for members of the military and veterans. In 2011, the Morale Entertainment Foundation provided over 7,000 free tickets to active duty military, veterans and Wounded Warriors. Morale remains committed to organizing and producing another first class event at Patriots Point.
The historical mission of the Morale Entertainment Foundation has been to entertain and inspire members of the United States military on duty throughout the world.