The Air Force vs. Navy game was in question after the government shutdown forced the team to seek funds for their travel elsewhere, but we learned in the past few days that the game would go on as planned after people rallied in support and the Air Force found a way to fund their trip to Annapolis, Maryland.
Today, we learned just how they afforded to pay for their travel.
The United Services Automobile Association (USAA), who sponsors the service academies and the annual Army vs. Nay game, paid for the bill which cost $230,000, according to a report from USA Today.
Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation CEO Derm Coll confirmed the news and was very thankful that the USAA stepped up so the game could go on.
“They did a great job for us,” Coll said. “They’re picking up the bills for everything we need.
“I was expecting we’d get $50,000 or $100,000. They came back and said they’re picking up the whole thing; let’s get this game going, it’s important for us to support the military.”
It would have been very disappointing for the young men to have one of the most important games on their schedule canceled because of greed in Washington, so I think we can all say thank you to the USAA for allowing the game can continue and have the Air Force and Navy play today with plenty of pride on the line.