Pete Gillen, Seth Greenberg and Sydney Johnson to assist Hoops for Heroes


Pete Gillen during his Fairfield playing days. (Photo courtesy of Fairfield athletics)
Pete Gillen during his Fairfield playing days. (Photo courtesy of Fairfield athletics)

New York, May 19 — Fairfield University head men’s basketball Coach Sydney Johnson and CBS Sports television analyst Pete Gillen, a distinguished Fairfield alumnus, will be among the coaches “enlisted” at the Playing Hoops with Heroes 
Tournament. This event will support the United States military and New York City first responders on Thursday night, May 22, at John Jay College (899 10th Avenue) in New York City. Tip-off for the Three-on-Three tournament is scheduled for 7:00 pm and the event will run through 10:00 pm.

Eight teams comprised of members from the Air ForceArmyNavyMarine CorpsCoast Guard and NYC Fire DepartmentNYC Police Department and the NY Port Authority Police Department will have NCAA coach support and ESPN, CBS and NBC personalities will be adding commentary throughout the games. 

The Bob Woodruff FoundationPepsiCo ValorFiveStar BasketballGatorade, and the USO NY Metro are co-hosts of the tournament, teaming to honor the men and women in the military and New York City First Response Teams.

At least 200 active duty military are expected, and the public is welcome. The festivities are a part of the 2014 NYC Fleet Week activities, which will show appreciation for the men and women who protect America, while raising money for organizations that support them. For tickets, please visit

If you have any questions, please contact Jasmin Guerra at [email protected]

Last year marked the first annual “Hoops and Heroes” event. The tournament ended up being a tremendous success and saw the NYPD as champions. Eighteen college basketball coaches appeared and helped the teams, while ESPN’s Seth Greenberg and CBS Sports’ Pete Gillen were masters of ceremonies. The participation of the US Military Members and New York City First Responders also led to the success of the event. 

This year, the event will run parallel to New York City Fleet Week, which will give a bigger opportunity to make the event a success and show the appreciation to these men and women. The coaches, accompanied by Coach Gillen, will be greeting the servicemen and women on their ships at 11:45 am at the Pier, 12th Avenue and West 56th Street. They will also partake in Bike Build, where the coaches will help assemble bicycles for the sailors to take home to their children.
Pete Gillen (CBS)
Sydney Johnson (Fairfield)
Martin Bahar (Fairfield)
Tim Cleuss (Iona)
Jared Grasso (Iona)
Craig “Speedy” Claxton (Hofstra)
Steve Pikiell (Stony Brook)
Mike DiPaoli (Fordham)
Eddy Lau (Hunter)
Shay Berry (Hunter)
Tom Moore (Quinnipiac)
Pat Scanlon (Manhattanville)
Kevin Clifford (Mt St Vincent)
Brian Nigro (Mt. St. Vincent)
Jamal Womack (St. Francis)
Glen Braica (St. Francis)
Jake Scott (SUNY Maritime)
Brian Beaury (St. Rose)
Bill Courtney (Cornell)
Bill Coen (Northeastern)
Aaron Goodman (Navy)
Bruce Hamburger (FDU)
Greg Herenda (FDU)
Fred Hill (Seton Hall)
James Jones (Yale)
Jim Engles (NJ Tech)
Mile Gilliam (FIU)
Mike Sweets (Towson)
Pat Skerry (Towson)
Shaheen Holloway (Seton Hall)
Tim Coyne (STAQ)
Zack Spiker (Army)
Vin Parise (NBC)
Seth Greenberg (ESPN)
Mitch Buonoguro (ESPN)

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