By Ashley Estill
Former NBA and WNBA legends celebrated Veterans Day a little early by visiting military families at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Former San Antonio Spur Bruce Bowen and former Phoenix Mercury player Marie Ferdinand-Harris spent time at the Center for the Intrepid, followed by a visit to the Fisher Houses to spend some quality time with the families living there.
"I'm very thankful I get the opportunity to talk to them and find out about them," said Bowen. "I get to spend time with those who have made the ultimate sacrifice."
Bowen and Ferdinand-Harris were greeted by Fisher House manager Inge Godfrey before making their way to one of BAMC's four Fisher Houses where they met several wounded warriors and their families. After chatting with families, the players, San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers and even their mascot, Coyote were given a tour of the Fisher House.
When the tour concluded, Bowen, Ferdinand-Harris and several other representatives from the NBA and WNBA enjoyed lunch with the Fisher House families. The families were able to relax and enjoy the visit, and were treated to some signed shirts and basketballs from the league. Even some of the Fisher House's youngest guests were having fun - playing catch with Bowen and taking some of their own photos from a kid's eye view.
Thank you to the NBA and WNBA for taking the time to visit our Fisher House families!
Spurs mascot Coyote, former Phoenix Mercury player Marie Ferdinand-Harris, & wounded warrior Chris Edwards
"Holidays, birthdays & anniversaries have been celebrated with tears and smiles with people who truly understand what the other person is experiencing."
- Kamryn Jaroszewski