The annual Hoops for Troops Night at Barclays Center is just one part of a year-round mission to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans and active-duty military. From game night features in the arena to events connecting players and staffers to service members and their families, the Nets believe in building a bond with those who protect our country. This year, we’re proud to introduce the BSE SkillBridge program in partnership with the U.S. Defense Department, providing internships for transitioning service members to get real-world job experience.
TAPS Fallen Soldier: United States Army Major Victor Trouvé Gronenthal
On November 3, in conjunction with TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), we will honor the family of United States Army Major Victor Trouvé Gronenthal at Barclays Center. MAJ Gronenthal’s family will be invited to watch practice and meet members of the team and Nets staff to thank them for his sacrifice.
After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy, Victor was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As a Captain in the U.S. Army, Victor earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Industrial Management from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 2011.
Victor married Erika Glausen of Long Island, New York on June 24, 2005 in West Point, New York. Victor was a devoted husband and a loving father to his two sons, Kai Victor and Finn Trevor.
MAJ Gronenthal excelled in multiple leadership positions while in the Army and commanded soldiers in both combat and in garrison with distinction. Victor served admirably during his three overseas combat tours, two to Iraq and one to Afghanistan, earning the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Major Victor Trouvé Gronenthal, 31, passed away on January 23, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was an avid cyclist, pinball machine restorer, and outdoor enthusiast. All who knew Victor miss his infectious smile and gregarious personality.
Staff Sergeant Francisco Aisporna – West Point Band
West Point Drill Team
Military Guest Performance
Brooklyn’s own H-D
Themed Performance by Brooklynettes & Nets Beats
“Soldier” by Destiny’s Child
“Girlfight” by Brooke Valentine
American Gold Star Mothers
Finding strength in the fellowship of other Gold Star Mothers who strive to keep the memory of their sons and daughters alive by working to help veterans, those currently serving in the military, their families, and communities.
Blue Star Families
Founded in 2009 by military spouses with you in mind, we empower military and Veteran families to thrive by connecting them with their civilian neighbors — both people and organizations — to create strong communities of mutual support
Brooklyn VA Hospital
The Brooklyn Campus is a tertiary care, academically-affiliated medical center located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Campus has bed services in acute medicine, surgery, psychiatry and residential substance abuse. Specialized programs exist in comprehensive cancer care and non-invasive cardiology.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
TAPS provides comfort, care and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.
U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton
Deliver and integrate base installation services to our military community and stakeholders while support Accessions and on order Defense Support to Civil Authorities in the New York City area.
United States Military Academy West Point
The U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s mission is “to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.”
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.
Vet Tix provides tickets to events which reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories, and encourage service members and veterans to stay engaged with local communities and American life.
Service Academy Career Conference
The Service Academy Career Conference provides top-tier employment and academic opportunities exclusively to U.S. Service Academy Graduates..
The DOD SkillBridge program is an opportunity for Service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service.
We help members of the military, past and present, discover careers, acquire new skills, and embark upon new job experiences at the best companies in the world.