HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A virtual NBA all-star team is heading to Hawaii as part of the 'Hoops for Troops' USO tour of Hawaii.
The players include, 2011 league MVP and Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, five-time All-Star and Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson 2010 Rookie of the Year and Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans, Charlotte Bobcats guard D.J. Augustin, Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford, Phoenix Suns center Robin Lopez, Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee, Miami Heat guard Mike Miller.
It is the first USO/Armed Forces Network tour for all of the players and will include at least two clinics and one-on-one matchups with servicemen and women, as well as autograph and photo sessions.
The players will be in Hawaii from Oct. 23-28 on a four-stop tour to lift the spirits of troops and their families.
For Rose, it is a welcome chance to bring a little fun and joy to our nation's servicemen and women.
"I am honored to take part in a USO tour and greatly appreciate the USO's efforts in organizing this trip," Rose said in a statement. "I am so thankful for the great sacrifices the service members and their families make for our country and it is a truly special opportunity to give back by sharing our love of basketball with them."
USO President Sloan Gibson thanked all parties who made the tour possible.
"There is no better way to celebrate our 70 years of providing entertainment to troops than by deploying nine of today's most recognizable basketball players on a USO tour to Hawaii," Gibson said in a statement. "All of our tours generate a great level of excitement among troops and their families and sport-themed tours like this are certainly among the top of the list. We are excited by all the smiles this tour is sure to deliver by making this happen for our friends in Hawaii."