DENVER, Feb. 17 -- As part of a salute to the men and women of our Armed Forces, "The Admiral" David Robinson will introduce the award winning United States Air Force Academy Choir that will perform the U.S. national anthem before the 2005 NBA All-Star Game taking place Sunday, Feb. 20 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.

Coverage of the All-Star Game will be televised live beginning at 8 p.m. ET on TNT, Rogers Sportsnet in Canada and heard on ESPN Radio and in several languages on NBA.com, and reach a global audience in 214 countries.

The United States Air Force Academy Choir, based in Colorado Springs, Colo., is a co-ed choir that has sung for presidents, performed in nearly every state in the nation, and appeared on national television many times.

The NBA, with the help of Robinson, who served in the US Navy, will be honoring the men and women serving in our armed forces as it hosts more than 300 members of the military and their families during All-Star weekend. The military personnel, from USO-supported Denver-area installations including Fort Carson, the Colorado Air National Guard, the US Air Force, Fisher House and NORAD, will be guests for the Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night events. The NBA coordinated with the USO on the All-Star salute.

The NBA has a long history of supporting our troops and the USO. Recently during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the NBA was part of the first USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour -- Project Salute 2003 -- to the Persian Gulf region bringing NBA players Troy Hudson, Ervin Johnson, Mark Madsen, Shawn Marion and Cherokee Parks along with NBA Hall of Famers Spencer Haywood and Bob Lanier to pay tribute to the U.S. and coalition armed forces in June 2003.

"The USO is proud of its long-standing relationship with the NBA to show America’s support for the men and women who are serving around the world," Ned Powell, President and CEO of the USO.

Also as part of the All-Star Game pregame ceremonies, Canadian-born R&B singer Tamia will perform the Canadian national anthem prior to Sunday’s game.

NBA All-Star 2005 in Denver will feature a week of activities that will showcase the greatest athletes in the world playing basketball at the highest level on an international stage, and will display the league’s deep commitment to its community. The week will culminate with the 2005 NBA All-Star Game which features the top players from the Eastern and Western conferences going head to head.