March 14, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) dunks the ball against the Philadelphia 76ers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeated Philadelphia 111-94. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE
Hansbrough has purchased 1,000 tickets to give to military personnel and their families for the game. Typical of Hansbrough, despite his name being on the event he'd prefer the attention goes to the soldiers.
"I've always respected the military and what they do for our country," said Hansbrough, whose grandfather is a war veteran and whose aunt served in the Air Force and now works for the U.S. Army. "The sacrifices they make, both personally and professionally, to serve is the ultimate in commitment and selflessness. They are the ones giving, not me, and that means a lot personally."
Hansbrough has worked with the National Guard all year as they have sent other families to games, so Hans will be honored prior to the game by Indiana National Guard Major General Martin Umbarger. Nice work, Tyler!