Tebow two! Tebow two! Hut, hut, hike!” yells Sgt. Daniel Fortune, quarterback and coach of Troop B, 1st Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment’s flag football team.
In the third, unit-level football game of the season, the team plays against Soldiers of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment at Ritz-Epps field, Sept. 26.
The whistle blows to start the game and Staff Sgt. Ramon Passaro, a section sergeant with Troop B, 1st Sqdn., 38th Cav. Regt., hikes the ball to Fortune.
The two teams battle one another as the sun goes down. As the game comes to a close, the Soldiers of Co. A, 2nd Bn., 325th Abn. Infantry Regt., defeat Troop B, 1st Sqdn., 38th Cav. Regt. 13-0.
“It’s the first game we’ve won,” said Pfc. Andrew Vaughn, an infantryman with Co. A, 2nd Bn., 325th Abn. Infantry Regt. “This is definitely a morale booster.”
The unit-level flag football program is sponsored by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation as an opportunity for Soldiers to get together in positive physical activity.
“It’s a great outlet,” said Steve Johnson, a supervisory sports specialist for the Fort Bragg FMWR. “And that’s what the FMWR is about — providing wholesome recreational opportunities for Soldiers that enhances their way of life.”
Every year FMWR promotes the unit-level flag football program through various avenues.
“Our marketing branch develops flyers, press releases and our website has information on all our upcoming events,” said Johnson.
Spc. David Kissling, found out through a flyer on his company’s FMWR board.
“I saw the flyer in my building and decided to put a team together,” said Kissling, an infantryman and coach of the Co. A, 2nd Bn, 325th Abn. Infantry Regt.
According to Johnson, units interested in playing must put together a team roster and have it signed by their unit commanders.
The flag football season started Sept. 24 and will end mid-November. A post-term season will begin in December for the winning teams.
“The unit level flag football program consists of five leagues, this year, each league has about 12 teams,” said Johnson. “Four teams from each league will qualify and play in the post-term season which will be a double elimination.”
“The Soldiers participating in these leagues are getting more than just an opportunity to play football, they also get to build relationships and strengthen bonds with one another in their units” said Johnson.
“I love being a part of this team and wouldn’t want to play with anyone else,” said Spc. Domnique Collier, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear operations specialist for Troop B, 1st Sqdn., 38th Cav. Regt. “I love the team cohesion,” he said.
“What excites me the most when I watch the Soldiers play, is the enthusiasm and the unit camaraderie that is clearly displayed throughout the season. They play hard and well,” said Johnson.