Alabama men’s basketball head coach Avery Johnson and the entire Crimson Tide team welcomed over 150 military veterans and ROTC members to a meet-and-greet session with the team after practice on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Coleman Coliseum.

Military members arrived at Coleman and were able to get an up close and personal look at this year’s team as they watched practice from the floor seats. After practice, Johnson addressed the group and thanked them for their service. He also brought in someone to sing the national anthem, while letting the troops know the importance of that part at each game for him and his team. Senior guard Corban Collins then took the microphone to introduce his teammates.

Members, players and basketball staff came together for a group picture after Johnson’s speech.

Players were also able to talk to and thank the military members for their service during a meet-and-greet towards the end of the event.

Following their time spent with the team, the troops were then treated to a free meal and posters.

Alabama opens its season in Coleman Coliseum Friday, Nov. 11, against Coastal Carolina. The contest will be a doubleheader as the women will take on New Orleans at 5 p.m. CT, followed by the men hosting Chanticleers at 8 p.m. CT. Both games will air on SEC Network Plus.