The Veterans Classic brings top NCAA teams to the academy to kick off the college basketball season in an event that pays tribute to the nation’s military veterans.
“It’s a fabulous tradition you’ve started with these games because it brings national focus … to the academy, and then people learn enormously about the games and about the way in which you’re respecting our veterans,” said Emmert. “I think it’s something that you have started that is going to have a big impact over the years.”
The tour took Emmert to a number of locations on the Yard – including the chapel, Rickover Hall laboratories and Wesley Brown Field House - all highlighting the academy’s moral, mental and physical mission to develop leaders of character and consequence.
“The Naval Academy is an exemplar of the most effective ways you can integrate the whole education of a young man or young woman – keeping focused on the academic component but also integrating it with the physical body development,” said Emmert. “It’s the classic Greek notion of developing mind and body simultaneously … and makes you more effective at leadership development than perhaps anybody other than the other academies.
“The history, the wonderful facilities here, the importance this institution plays in America – it permeates everything about this place,” he said.
Members of the three visiting teams – Carolina, Florida and Temple – also received a tour of the academy Nov. 12.
Both Veterans Classic games will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Carolina plays Temple at 7 p.m. Navy and Florida play at 9:30 p.m. There will also be the Inside College Basketball pregame show on CBS Sports Network at 6:30 p.m., which will include footage of the tours the three visiting teams received.