By Demi M. Cruz
Ten sports in two days, but only one trophy. Members of different commands gathered to compete in the Command Sports Challenge aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) Oct. 19-20.
The Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) sports department hosts this two-day event each year giving members of every command the chance to compete for the Sports Challenge trophy. This year's participating commands included Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC), Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU), Transient Personnel Unit/Pre-Trial Confinement Facility (TPU/PCF), Navy Region Southeast Reserve Component Command (NRSE RCC), Patrol Squadron (VP) 62, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 62. A total of 333 participants on 12 teams competed in the events each day. Commands were allowed to have multiple teams and could earn bonus points for every female teammate or for having their commanding officer (CO), executive officer (XO) or command master chief (CMC) participating.
Day one began at 8 a.m. on Oct. 19 at the outdoor track with a 1,500-meter relay. Following this was the 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the outdoor courts, a dodgeball tournament at the Guy Ballou Tennis Courts, Ultimate Frisbee at Sea King Park and a swim relay at the outdoor pool. By the end of the first day, the scores were as follows: FACSFAC - 200 points, CNATTU - 275 points, TPU/PCF - 250 points, NRSE RCC - 300 points, VP-62 - 325 points, FRCSE - 550 points and VR-62 - 725 points.
The final events were held on Oct. 20 at the Mulberry Cove Marina and included a fitness challenge, 3-on-3 sand volleyball, beanbag toss, tug-of-war and the CO/XO/CMC canoe race. During the canoe race, teammates sitting at the bow and stern were blindfolded while the center teammate called out instructions. Commands could win the maximum amount of points if their CO's, XO's and CMC's all participated.
NAS Jax CMC Jeffery Waters presented the Sports Challenge trophy to this year's champion VR-62.
In two days VR-62 accumulated a record shattering 1,550 points. Not to mention, the amount of personnel who came out to participate and support VR-62 each day was unprecedented.
The final scores for all other commands are as follows: FACSFAC - 350 points, CNATTU - 525 points, TPU/PCF - 600 points, NRSE RCC - 650 points, VP-62 - 800 points and FRCSE - 975 points.
Participants enjoyed a cookout, snacks and other beverages available for free to celebrate the end of the event. MWR Sports Coordinator Bill Bonser expressed his gratitude for every command, participant, staff member, volunteer and sponsor who made the event a success.
MWR Fitness Director Jill Sheppard also made it a point to honor Bonser for his hard work and dedication hosting this event each year. On site sponsors included VyStar Credit Union and First Command.
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