Ducks to Take Part in 2015 Pearl Harbor Event

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oregon will play the U.S. Naval Academy on Pearl Harbor Day – Monday, Dec. 7 – at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam as part of a weekend of ceremonies in the Hawaiian Islands marking the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, FOX Sports announced Wednesday.

Following a morning ceremony on Dec. 7, Oregon and Navy will play in historic Bloch Arena, which withstood the 1941 Japanese bombing. The Ducks and Midshipmen, in their first series meeting on the basketball court, will play at approximately 6:30 p.m. Pacific following an opening game between Oklahoma and Villanova. Both games will be televised live by FOX Sports 1.

“We are extremely honored to have been asked to participate in the Pearl Harbor Day ceremonies,” said Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens. “Not only will this be a tremendous way to honor both past and current members of our armed services, but it will also be a truly unique educational opportunity for our student-athletes.”

This will be the second time in three seasons that Oregon has participated in a game to honor the nation’s military. The Ducks defeated Georgetown 82-75 in the Armed Forces Challenge at Camp Humphreys in South Korea to open the 2013-14 campaign.

About Pearl Harbor

The sudden attack of United States military installations on the Hawaiian Islands on Dec. 7, 1941, which saw almost 2,400 lives lost, catapulted the country into World War II and united all Americans in a groundswell of patriotism. The USS Arizona was among the first ships bombed on Dec. 7, 1941, losing 1,177 crew members in the greatest loss of life on any U.S. warship in history.

FOX Sports Programming from Pearl Harbor

Using sports as a backdrop, FOX Sports will call Pearl Harbor home Dec. 4-7, 2015, paying tribute to the nation’s military while enlightening Americans about the world-altering events that occurred there almost 75 years ago on “a date which will live in infamy.” Activities and events associated with three of FOX Sports’ core sports – Major League Baseball, National Football League and college basketball – are planned throughout the extra-long weekend.

Of particular note is that on Sunday, Dec. 6, FOX NFL SUNDAY will present a special two-hour edition live from the deck of the Battleship Missouri Memorial, framing the poignant USS Arizona Memorial as a backdrop, as the sun rises over Pearl Harbor. It was aboard the USS Missouri that Gen. Douglas MacArthur accepted the Empire of Japan’s unconditional surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, in Tokyo Bay which officially signaled the end of World War II.

“FOX Sports is honored to call Pearl Harbor home during this year’s commemoration, an extremely fitting location to show our respect to the men and women of our nation’s armed forces, past and present,” said FOX Sports President and COO Eric Shanks. “We appreciate the military's cooperation with this endeavor.”

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