March 21, 2014
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Army women's basketball team arrived in Maryland Friday to begin on-site preparations for its NCAA Tournament opening round contest against the University of Maryland on Sunday, March 23. Shortly after arriving in the Old Line State, the Black Knights paid a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Walter Reed, located just minutes from the team's hotel in Bethesda, Md., welcomed Army's 18 cadet student-athletes, as well as coaches and support staff for a tour of the medical facility. During the visit, the team met with a number of patients, including a handful of West Point graduates.
"It was a really cool experience," said Army freshman Alex Elzinga. "That's the kind of stuff I want to do: help soldiers who come back from the war and get them back on their feet. It was a really fun and I got to talk to some really great people."
"This was my first time meeting people who have served and were injured," added Army freshman Danielle Failor, who experienced her first trip to Walter Reed. "It was such an incredible experience to get to know people who represent something so great for our country."
Following stops in the patient care facility and the Military Advanced Training Center, where patients undergo physical therapy, the Black Knights enjoyed a quick bite in the Warrior Café. After departing Walter Reed, the team made a 20-minute trip to the Comcast Center where it got down to business with a two-hour practice session. The Black Knights worked out on a practice court at the arena, and will take the main floor for the first time tomorrow.