ESPN Honors Veterans and Active U.S. Armed Forces with Veterans Week Initiatives Nov. 9-14

ESPN is set to honor veterans this year with a slew of programs that pay tribute to American veterans and active American armed forces all week long.

What is happening:

  • With its annual Veterans Week tribute, ESPN will salute veterans and serving members of the United States Armed Forces with a week of programming and initiatives from November 9-14 in recognition of Veterans Day.
  • Highlights include the annual Peraton Armed Forces Classic, which will feature Gonzaga and Michigan State’s basketball game from the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln in San Diego. On Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. ET, Dan Shulman and analyst Jay Bilas will announce the game from the cockpit with reporter Chris Spatola, a decorated U.S. Army captain who was a starting guard for four years at West Point before his active duty from 2002 to 2007. SportsCenter will also have live pre-game content from the USS Abraham Lincoln during the 6 p.m. broadcast on Nov. 11.
  • Other times of the week will include the Special SportsCenter Veterans Day presented by USAA, aired November 13 at 12:30 p.m. on ABC and on ESPN later in the day at 4:30 p.m. The 30-minute program will be hosted by SportsCenter presenter Michael Eaves with USS Abraham Lincoln background. Additionally, First Take’s Salute to Service will recognize and honor the US Marines Corp on Thursday, November 10. The show will continue its Veterans Day tributes on Nov. 11 by honoring the stories of women from all branches of the military.
  • The USAA continues its longstanding sponsorship of ESPN’s America’s Heroes activation and many well-known athletes, coaches and celebrities will provide daily USAA-sponsored “shouts” to members of the military as part of the ESPN programming. Tributes will appear on SportsCenter, first take and other ESPN platforms. Among the participants will be Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts, Will Anderson Jr., Russell Wilson, Baker Mayfield, Dawn Staley, Aaron Rogers, Niele Ivey, Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green, Jocelyn Willoughby, Aaron Judge, Arike Ogunbowale, Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher , Ryan Day, Kara Lawson, Christian McCaffrey, Mike Krzyzewski and Kirby Smart.
  • ESPN’s “Veterans’ Week” will include:
    • Peraton Armed Forces Classic 2022 (November 11, 6:30 p.m., ESPN)
    • Live from the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln in San Diego Harbor, ESPN will show the men’s college basketball game between No. 2 Gonzaga and Michigan State. Dan Shulman and analyst Jay Bilas will call the game from the cockpit with reporter Chris Spatola, a decorated U.S. Army captain who served as a starting guard for four years at West Point before his active duty from 2002 to 2007 .
    • SportsCenter Special: Veterans Day Special presented by USAA (November 13 at 12:30 p.m. on ABC; 4:30 p.m. on ESPN)
    • The USS Abraham Lincoln will serve as the backdrop for the 30-minute special. The show, hosted by SportsCenter’s Michael Eaves, will include storytelling and integrations from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier in San Diego Harbor.
    • Among the content that will air in the program and appear on other ESPN platforms:
    • Captain Amy Bauernschmidt Conversation – Julie Foudy sits down with Captain Amy Bauernschmidt, the first female captain of an American aircraft carrier
    • Marine Sargent Aaron Stilton Feature – Retired Marine Sargent Aaron Stilton was shot in the face during a fight. He underwent more than 50 surgeries to repair his physical appearance. The game of golf helped save his life and provided him with an outlet to give back. Marty Smith spent the day with Stilton to learn more about his background.
    • Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Essay – Marty Smith reflects on Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, located in San Diego, and recalls the countless veterans depicted there
    • Tattoos in the military – Tattoos mean many things and tell different stories about the experiences of men and women in all branches of the military.
    • Top Gun San Diego – San Diego is home to many Top Gun landmarks and attractions. With Top Gun Maverick’s worldwide popularity, we visited some of the film’s original locations around San Diego.
    • STOPS/CTM – The feature dives deep into hyper-realistic training environments that resemble real-life on-stage conditions and provides participants with an “inoculation of stress”. SC Featured takes a first-hand look at this intense training and learns how it prepares soldiers for real-life combat situations.
  • First Take will recognize and honor the anniversary of the US Marines Corp. The show will also honor Veterans Day with stories from women across the military branches.
  • Veterans’ Week on other ESPN platforms:
  • Film presented by SC: The return
  • The award-winning ESPN SC Featured film The Return airs Nov. 11 at midnight on ESPNEWS during Veterans’ Week. In the film, former Notre Dame and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rocky Bleier returns to Vietnam for the first time since he was injured in action there 50 years earlier. Bleier marches through the same valley where his U.S. Army company was ambushed on August 20, 1969.
  • ESPN Daily Podcast – On this Veterans Day, November 11, Ryan McGee will join Pablo Torre and the ESPN Daily podcast to tell the story of Battlefields to Ballfields, an organization founded in 2017 by the former vice president of the NFL umpire and current rules analyst, Mike Pereira who helps veterans reintegrate into their community through umpiring. The organization provides a structure, purpose, and support system that many veterans need when returning to civilian life.
  • out of the lines – On November 11, Outside the Lines will feature a segment on Battlefields to Ballfields during the noon edition of SportsCenter. Reporting by Ryan McGee.
  • sports center -The noon ET edition of SportsCenter on Friday, Nov. 11 will include the announcement of the 11th recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award. Coordinated by ESPN Events’ Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, the Armed Forces Achievement Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) is presented annually to an individual and/or group with a military background that has an impact in the realm of college football.
  • Secretaries Cup Football Match – ESPN3 will broadcast the annual Secretaries Cup football match between the US Coast Guard Academy and the US Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday, November 12 at noon ET.
  • ESPN Radio – On Nov. 9, West Point grad and former Amy Ranger Alejandro Villanueva will join Bart & Hahn (12 p.m.-3 p.m. ET). Villanueva, who was an offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, received a Bronze Star medal for his service. ESPN Radio will also air special reports throughout the week from its studio lineup in honor of military veterans and their families.
  • ESPN Radio will also air the Armed Forces Classic on November 11. Kevin Winter and former Boston College star Malcolm Huckaby will announce the game from the booth.
  • ACC Network – During the annual Veterans’ Week initiative, the ACC Network will share the stories of veterans and their families with ties to the ACC and its member institutions – including the veteran of the Second World War II Joseph Collie, a longtime Duke super fan, as well as Lawrence Joel, for whom the Wake Forest basketball arena is named. Joel is the only Winston-Salem, North Carolina native to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. The Korean and Vietnam War veteran also received the Silver Star.
  • SEC Network – The SEC Network will honor veterans throughout the week during SECN studio and feature film programming, hearing from coaches and student-athletes about what Veterans Day means to them, including those whose family members served. Additionally, Marty Smith will share the story of Auburn linebacker Jonathan LeGrand, who served in the U.S. Marines for five years before leading the Auburn club’s men’s rugby team to a national championship and achieving his dream. to play football for the Auburn Tigers. The feature will air on the Saturday, November 12 episode of SEC Nation (10 a.m. ET).
  • For Sunday NFL Countdown On November 13, ESPN’s NFL programming will show a special edition of You Got Mossed that will include special thanks from NFL players to veterans and current members of the United States military.
  • For the Monday night football November 14 game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Commanders, the Monday night countdown The Crew will feature two veterans in the game’s opening teaser. Additionally, the telecast will feature the pre-game anthem and anecdotes about each team’s players and coaches who have special ties to the holiday.
  • Additionally, A Jersey’s Journey, a feature film will air about Kimberly Culverhouse-Steadman, a soldier who was on the ground in Afghanistan in August 2021 when the United States evacuated the country. During the evacuation, Kimberly decided to leave her belongings behind, but the one thing she didn’t forget was Pat Tillman’s jersey.
  • College GameDay will share the story of one Ray Ruschel, a 49-year-old army veteran who now finds himself playing and contributing to a college football team, while taking classes and working night shifts in a beet factory sugar canes.
  • ABC will televise the game between Notre Dame and Navy on Saturday, November 12 at noon ET.
  • ESPN+ – All features featured throughout Veterans Week will be available on demand on ESPN+.

What they say :

  • Kevin MartinezESPN Vice President of Corporate Citizenship“At ESPN, we are so proud to honor American veterans for their sacrifice and service to our country. Through our cross-platform storytelling, volunteer efforts, and hiring practices, we are deeply committed to supporting those who have given so much to protect our freedoms.