March 1, 2017
The Toronto Raptors and their fans will honour the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) during their game against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, March 1 at Air Canada Centre. For the 10th consecutive season, the Raptors will dedicate a game to show their appreciation for the members of the CAF and their families.
More than 300 members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families will be in attendance on Wednesday night through ticket donations from MLSE and Toronto Raptors season seat holders. Tickets were donated to members of the CAF and their guests from CFB Trenton, CFB Borden, and numerous CAF units stationed in Toronto.
Pre-game activities include 20 CAF members waving a ‘We The North’ flag at centre-court during player introductions and Sergeant David Grenon from the Royal Canadian Air Force Band will perform the national anthems accompanied by a CAF Flag Party from the 48th Highlanders of Canada. During the game, Raptors alumnus Matt Bonner will help recognize Brigadier-General Paul Rutherford, Patron of Basketball for the Canadian Armed Forces. There will also be camouflaged-inspired fan giveaways and a special halftime performance by Steve Max, Master of Simon Sez, involving 40 CAF members. Following the game, all members of the CAF in attendance will be invited down to centre-court for a photo opportunity with Raptors players, the Raptors Dance Pak and The Raptor.