Connor Sports Flooring Provides Basketball Surface for First-Ever "Carrier Classic"

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Game to be Played Veterans Day on the USS Carl Vinson

Connor Sports Flooring will be providing a customized hardwood basketball court for the first-ever "Carrier Classic" being played between Michigan State and North Carolina on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, aboard the USS Carl Vinson moored in San Diego.

First Fan, President Barack Obama, is planning to attend the game after laying a wreath at Arlington Cemetery in Washington.

Some 6700 square feet of Connor's QuickLock (tm) portable flooring will be installed for this extraordinary match-up, said Ron Cerny, President and CEO of Connor Sport Court International.

QuickLock is the official portable court system used during the NCAA men's and Women's Final Four and will be customized with the appropriate logos for MSU and UNC.

"Connor is honored to be part of this unique salute to our veterans. It is a showcase for the flexibility and playability of our portable hardwood flooring systems," said Cerny.

McWil Sports of Los Angeles, a Connor dealer, will be handling the installation and will be assisted in the coordination by Gary Gray, Portables Manager of Connor Sports Flooring.

McWil's Grant Patterson said the court was put in place on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

The court will be installed on the USS Vinson's flight deck. Windbreaks will be erected to prevent blustery weather from affecting the game, said Mike Whalen of Morale Entertainment Foundation, the game's founder. "The perimeter will be wrapped by a mesh material that makes it like a cocoon," Whalen said.

"For Safety reasons the enclosures can be removed in a minute," Whalen said. "Should weather prove to be a problem the entire system can be moved into the vast aircraft storage deck located beneath the flight deck," Whalen added.

About 7000 spectators are expected to attend.

The USS Carl Vinson was the aircraft carrier which transported the body of Osama Bin Laden after he was killed last May.

More athletic events are played on Connor Sport Court surfaces than on any other sports flooring in the world. Founded in 1872, Connor Sports Flooring has established itself as the standard for professional and collegiate sports. Hardwood used in the courts is from a renewable resource, with the U.S. growing six times more hardwood than is harvested each year. Sport Court (R) is a registered trade mark of Connor Sport Court International. Since 1974 it has identified the original and authentic modular sport surface, continuously improved and patented to provide the highest levels of quality and performance. Connor Sport Court is proud to be the only sports surfacing company in the world that is independently audited and verified as "Zero Waste" and is fully ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified.

FOR MORE CONNOR SPORT COURT INFORMATION CONTACT Jeff Morton, director of Marketing, Connor Sport Court

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