Barry Rohrssen traveled to the Persian Gulf Region for nine days in June 2009 as part of Operation Hoop Talk.
SNY.tv reporter Brian Price recently interviewed Manhattan College Jaspers basketball Coach Barry Rohrsson. Rohrsson has has twice toured for the USO with Operations Hardwood and Hoop Talk, celebrity entertainment tours that brings top NCAA Coaches to Troops stationed in Southwest Asia.
The coach shared this with Price: “There are so many outstanding people in our army that are dedicated and committed. I really tried to encourage that kind of dedication to the team.” Click here to read the full interview!
Starting on December 11th, the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” will embark on a multi-day tour of the Persian Gulf with Justin McCully, his Team Punishment fight camp partner.
A strong supporter of the U.S. military, Ortiz recently delivered a speech at an Armed Forces Day ceremony in California and met with soldiers of the California National Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. Adamant on expressing his thanks, Ortiz also greeted families of fallen soldiers as well as families with loved ones on active duty.
“I am tremendously excited about going overseas with the USO,” says Ortiz. “The men and women on duty in the Persian Gulf are literally on the front lines and I’ll do whatever I can to show them how much their service means to everyone back home.”
Follow his adventures on Twitter at @titoortiz and check back for tour highlights soon!