Local family's trip to see son play in Air Force vs. Navy game affected by shut down

The Department of Defense temporarily suspended sports competitions at the service academies

Published On: Oct 01 2013 10:04:12 PM CDT
CLEAR LAKE, Texas -

The government shut down could affect a local family's plan to travel to see their son play in the Air Force-Navy game this weekend.

Russ and Lisa Roberts, of Clear Lake, have their plane and game tickets to go to Annapolis to see their son, 19-year-old Air Force quarterback, Karson Roberts, play. 

The Department of Defense temporarily suspended sports competitions at the service academies.

"Mixed emotions I'd say. It's a huge rivalry. Air Force and Navy. But at the same time, you have people sent home without pay," said Russ Roberts, Karson Roberts' dad.  He told Local 2, "For them, I would say, it's disappointing.  But their main goal is to serve.  And they're being given a different order now and they just have to be flexible to deal with the changes."

A final decision is expected Thursday.  A Pentagon spokesman said lawyers were looking at the cancellation decision to see if the money used for the games is approved by congress.