The Big Ten is heading into a busy weekend of athletics that includes another crucial slate of football games and basketball season openers.
But many athletes, coaches and teams took a moment to reflect Friday, sending messages of gratitude on Veterans Day. A few schools are even offering ticket specials to veterans all week long.
For the basketball programs at Michigan State, Indiana and Ohio State, the season opener coincides with a unique opportunity to learn and pay respect to veterans and active military.
Both teams had the chance to tour Pearl Harbor. Meanwhile, Ohio State has the unique chance to play Navy on Friday at the Naval Academy campus in Annapolis, Md.
See what those teams and the rest of the Big Ten were tweeting in relation to Veterans Day on Friday.
— Spartan Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) November 11, 2016
Courage isn't hitting a game-winner, it's putting a nation before yourself.
— adidas (@adidasUS) November 10, 2016
An honor to spend time this week at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam w/ those that serve our country & their families. https://t.co/b7VbavqFmD
— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) November 11, 2016
— Ohio State Buckeyes (@OhioStAthletics) November 11, 2016
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) November 11, 2016
Thank you to all those who have fought to preserve our freedom in this great country. pic.twitter.com/ANIdN4MkmZ
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) November 11, 2016
— OSU W Basketball (@OhioState_WBB) November 11, 2016
WE SALUTE YOU! ??
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) November 11, 2016
— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) November 11, 2016
— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports) November 11, 2016
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) November 11, 2016
To those who have served
To those who continue to serve
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) November 11, 2016
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) November 11, 2016
— Nebraska Basketball (@HuskerHoops) November 11, 2016
And a very special thank you to those in my family, they have made me a very proud and grateful son/nephew! ?? pic.twitter.com/ynN6B8So1H
— Zay Roby (@roby_isaiah) November 11, 2016
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) November 11, 2016
Thank you to all that have served us. ?? pic.twitter.com/9ulYFozuiN
— Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball) November 11, 2016
— Illini Athletics (@IlliniAthletics) November 11, 2016
Thank you, veterans. ?? pic.twitter.com/yCqddSITIA
— Illini Football (@IlliniFootball) November 11, 2016
Thank you to all the brave men and women who have served and are currently serving our great country! #ThankYouVeterans
— Lovie Smith (@LovieSmith) November 11, 2016
— Minnesota MBB (@GopherMBB) November 11, 2016
— Purdue Basketball (@BoilerBall) November 11, 2016
— Pat Fitzgerald (@coachfitz51) November 11, 2016
— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) November 11, 2016
To all of those who have bravely served our country…
— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) November 11, 2016
— Rutgers Athletics (@RUAthletics) November 11, 2016
Happy Veterans Day! pic.twitter.com/cAIEmqK1YY
— Chris Ash (@CoachChrisAsh) November 11, 2016