The torch will arrive at the Naval Academy at 11:30am and be carried up Stribling Walk, the iconic center walkway in the middle of the Naval Academy academic campus, by MIDN 2/C Dan O’Hear and MIDN 4/C Jack O’Hear. The Navy Hockey team will follow the procession.
“There is no greater backdrop for the torch to travel then Stribling Walk,” said Ben Berkey, Navy’s Director of Hockey Operations. The O’Hear brothers will pass the torch to senior members of the Academy’s leadership on the steps of Bancroft Hall.
Midshipmen, local residents and Olympic enthusiasts are encouraged to attend this hour long event. To date, the Olympic torch has visited the International Space Station, took a dive in the world’s deepest freshwater lake, swam in near-freezing water and visited a volcano.
Avaya Government Solutions provides telecommunication support services to the United States Naval Academy and has graciously awarded USNA and Navy Hockey the opportunity to be part of the Olympic Torch relay. Avaya has property rights to the torch for a 24-hour period.
“Next Wednesday’s event is not the only event bringing Olympic spirit to Navy,” said Ben Berkey. “On that same day Senior Tom Krysil will be partaking in the opening ceremony of the 2013 Winter World University Games in Trentino, Italy as member of the USA Hockey Team.”
Wednesday, December 11th will certainly be a memorable day in history for Navy Hockey. Attendees are encouraged to arrive on the Naval Academy campus prior to the torches arrival at 11:30am. If time permits, opportunities will exist for individual photographs with the torch.