Coach Newell/Pacific Partnership B-Ball Exhibition
Last week the amphibious dock landing ship, the USS Pearl Harbor anchored in the Majuro lagoon. Onboard the US Navy vessel were Pacific Partnership participants from Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and New Zealand. Pacific Partnership is a mission that brings host nation governments, U.S. military, partner nation militaries and non-governmental organization volunteers together to conduct disaster-preparedness projects and build relationships in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to better respond during a crisis.
Upon arrival in Majuro, the Pacific Partnership were very busy holding the Pacific Partnership 2013 health fair and conducting health screenings, community construction projects, CPR and boat safety trainings, veterinary services, and other projects. Apart from all those activities, on Saturday July 6, there was great excitement on the basketball court with an exhibition game that featured US Navy players from aboard the USS Pearl Harbor going up against the RMI National Team. The game was held at the Rita Salvation Army Basketball Court. The Salvation Army was very generous in lending their basketball court and PA system. Before the tip-off, there was short hand-over ceremony for equipment donated by former NBA coach, Tom Newell. This game was also a follow up to his Level 2 Coaching Clinic that was conducted earlier in January on Majuro and Ebeye.
The US Ambassador, Thomas H. Armbruster was on hand to start the game with the initial Jump Ball. Although the exhibition game was very friendly and fun, it was also quite competitive with the scores being very close throughout the game and with frequent lead changes. However, in the final seconds RMI National Team scored the final buzzer beater shot to win the game 61 to 59.
Shortly after the exciting game the 2013 Pacific Partnership boarded the USS Pearl Harbor and set out for the island of Ebeye to deliver a reverse osmosis water purification system. Ebeye is a part of the Kwajalein Atoll, which is part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.