Soldier Wins $10,000 at AFI’s Dallas Mavericks “Military Appreciation Night”

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Army Staff Sergeant Forrest Smith of Farmersville, Texas, took home $10,000 in a half-court shoot-out challenge during halftime at the February 22 Mavericks game versus the Indiana Pacers. The contest and its $10,000 prize—insured by Dallas-based SCA Promotions—were part of the Mavericks’ “Military Appreciation Night” sponsored by Armed Forces Insurance (AFI).

Army Staff Sergeant Forrest Smith reacts after sinking a $10,000-winning shot from half court.

Watching Forrest sink the shot that won $10,000 was an exciting moment, and we’re thrilled to have been a part of it.

Army Staff Sergeant Forrest Smith of Farmersville, Texas, took home $10,000 in a half-court shoot-out challenge during halftime at the February 22 Mavericks game versus the Indiana Pacers.

The contest and its $10,000 prize—insured by Dallas-based SCA Promotions—were part of the Mavericks’ “Military Appreciation Night” sponsored by Armed Forces Insurance (AFI).

“In sponsoring events like this one, we’re honored to recognize military men and women everywhere for their outstanding service to our country,” said Kurt Seelbach, president and chief operating officer, AFI. “Watching Forrest sink the shot that won $10,000 was an exciting moment, and we’re thrilled to have been a part of it.”

Smith was randomly drawn from the more than 120 soldiers and their guests attending the game with free tickets sponsored by AFI. What’s more, Smith and his nephew Keith Smith—who attended the game with his uncle and also participated in the shoot-out challenge—were appointed Honorary Co-Captains and took part in a pre-game meeting with Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki. Also attending the meeting were AFI Chairman Col. Thomas Dials (Army, Ret.) and Seelbach. The evening’s festivities also included an armed forces re-enlistment ceremony for eight service members, all of whom took the oath of re-enlistment on the court at halftime.

According to Smith, who is stationed at Fort Hood and is scheduled to be deployed in July, the chance to participate in the event was a huge thrill for himself and his nephew, who will be joining the military himself in summer 2010.

“Keith and I haven’t spent that much time together since I joined the Army 12 years ago. We both felt like it was our night to shine, and being on center court was the mecca of the whole night,” he said. “I really appreciate Armed Forces Insurance’s support of the military. Experiences like last night’s game make it all worth it.”

About Armed Forces Insurance
AFI was founded in 1887 by military leaders with a single mission: to protect the property of those who protect our nation. The company provides premium quality, competitively priced property and casualty insurance to military professionals throughout the United States and overseas. Headquartered in Leavenworth, Kansas, AFI understands that its subscribers have unique circumstances and insurance needs, enabling the company to offer a level of personalized service that’s unequaled in the industry. AFI is the proud sponsor of Military Spouse magazine’s 2010 Military Spouse of the Year Award, which recognizes the patriotism, professionalism and altruism of military spouses. For more information, visit the Web site at Armed Forces Insurance or call 1-800-495-8234.

View Forrest Smith’s $10,000-winning half-court shot.

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Image 1: Army Staff Sergeant Forrest Smith reacts after sinking a $10,000-winning shot from half court during AFI’s “Military Appreciation Night” at the February 22 Dallas Mavericks game.

Image 2: Celebrating Forrest Smith’s $10,000-winning shot at AFI’s “Military Appreciation Night” at the Dallas Mavericks’ February 22 game are (left to right) AFI President and Chief Operating Officer Kurt Seelbach; AFI Director of Marketing Lori Simmons; Army Staff Sergeant Forrest Smith; Walter White, Commerce Bank and former Kansas City Chiefs player; Keith Smith; AFI Chief Financial Officer Bill James; and AFI Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Col. Tom Dials (U. S. Army, Ret.).

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