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16th Sustainment Brigade
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq -
Soldiers from the 101st Financial Management Co., 16th Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, have been in desperate need of new basketball uniform since the beginning of their deployment.
The team, No Limit, had been playing in old football practice uniforms. The team wanted to purchase uniforms for the spring basketball season, but found that it cost too much money to purchase customized uniforms and have them shipped to Iraq.
2nd Lt. Andres Leon, executive officer, 101st FM Co., wrote a letter to his friend in his hometown of Miami, Fl., Toni L. Villaverde, president, Toni Villaverde PLLC Law Firm, and requested sponsorship for team uniforms. Villaverde accepted the request and the team received their uniforms in time to begin the season.
“The uniforms have been a big moral boost to our team,” said Cpl. Alexius McClain, 101st FM Co. “Without the help of Mrs. Villaverde, we would still be playing in those uncomfortable football jerseys. The uniforms have definitely increased our moral, and make us feel like a real team.”
“The team’s goal is to win the championship and mail the trophy to Mrs. Villaverde in appreciation for sponsorship, appreciation and dedication to our team and the US Army,” said player/coach and Boston, Mass., native Sgt. 1st Class Alexander Barkley, 106th FM Co.
No Limit is 4-2 and tied for second place in their division as of Feb. 20. McClain leads the league in scoring. The Chicago, Ill., native is averaging 25 points a game.