USS Nimitz Sailors Visit QSI

Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) visited Quality Schools International (QSI) for a community service project (COMSERV) in Phuket, Thailand, May 31.

The eight Sailors were members of Nimitz’ female basketball team and came to the school to play a basketball game against QSIs boys basketball team.

The school has approximately 100 students according to Brad Kenny, Phuket region Navy League coordinator.

“There’s a lot of American kids at this school and it presents a good opportunity for the students to interact at a personable level with other Americans and members of the Navy,” said Kenny. “They’re so far from their families in America, which makes this such a special experience to these kids.”

When halftime was called, the short game was tied nine to nine but in the end the boys of QSI pulled off the win, sixteen to fourteen.

Prior to the game the female basketball team was given a tour of the school, played dodge ball with the children during the their recess, and did a question and answer with some of the older students.

Nimitz Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

Press Release, June 3, 2013