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Cards basketball teams sign autographs at Ft. Knox

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Military personnel, their family members and others met UofL players and coaches like Rick Pitino. Military personnel, their family members and others met UofL players and coaches like Rick Pitino.
Stephan Van Treese and Wayne Blackshear got their picture taken by a fan. Stephan Van Treese and Wayne Blackshear got their picture taken by a fan.
UofL women's basketball coach Jeff Walz signed autographs next to Pitino and players. UofL women's basketball coach Jeff Walz signed autographs next to Pitino and players.
Coach Pitino spent part of the morning talking with military personnel. Coach Pitino spent part of the morning talking with military personnel.

FORT KNOX, KY (WAVE) – University of Louisville head basketball coaches Rick Pitino and Jeff Walz and their players signed autographs and took pictures for soldiers and their families at Fort Knox on Wednesday.

The soldiers said it meant a lot that the teams came out to show their support and meet them.

"I'm a huge Cards fan. I grew up a Cards fan." said Specialist Talmage. "I got here at 7:30 this morning. I was maybe the 10th person in line just to see Coach [Pitino], [forward/guard Wayne] Blackshear and [forward Stephan] Van Treese."

"Soldiers are sports fans through and through," said Brig. Gen. Kristin French. "A lot of us get to see the teams on TV, but to actually meet the teams and the players and the coaches, I think, just builds camaraderie and excitement."

It was also a special day for the Cards, who were thrilled to be there.

"We just want to say thank you to them for all the hard work that they do for us, put themselves in harm's way," said Walz, who coaches the UofL women's team. "It says a lot about them."

"This is awesome," said Van Treese. "I've never been on a fort before. We want to thank them for having us. It's more of an honor to be here."

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