The Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers program hosted its monthly dodgeball game at Hoskings Fitness Center, July 16.
“This is a simple game to pick up and a lot of Soldiers love it, but no one really plays it anywhere,” Perea said.
The number of players average 15 per game, but have gotten as high as 32, Perea said. Games are played for about two hours.
“By the time you’re done, you’re worn out, you’ve had a great time, and it’s a good cardio workout,” Perea said.
This was the third game of BOSS dodgeball for Spc. Aaron B. Hernandez, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division human resource specialist.
“I’ve been a fan of dodgeball since I was in elementary school,” Hernandez said. “It’s fun hitting other people with the ball. Like, in what other sports can you do that?”
One Soldier just happened to see the game while walking through the gym and jumped right in and participated in a BOSS activity for the first time.
“It was cool, a fun activity,” said Spc. Danny J. Leli, Co. C, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment infantryman. “Just come here after work, blow off some steam and play some dodgeball.”
The Fort Bragg BOSS program hosts many different events each month, such as paintball, trips to a beach or theme parks, and volunteer opportunities, to encourage single Soldiers to branch out from their usual cycle and promote positive activities.
“A big problem in the Army today is that Soldiers don’t know what to do with their time,” Perea said. “They end up using their time negatively — staying in the barracks, underage drinking, or sitting in a dark room playing video games by themselves.”
Perea went on to explain how he used to be a barracks recluse before he discovered BOSS and the importance of BOSS events for socializing and interacting with other single Soldiers.
“It’s not a bad thing to play video games or have a good time every once in a while,” Perea added. “We just want to give them the opportunity to expand their views and increase their interpersonal skills.”
Events through BOSS also give Soldiers a chance to meet other Soldiers they would normally never interact with or even possibly meet.
“There are 29,000 single Soldiers on Fort Bragg, and nine out of 10 of them don’t know more than 100 people,” Perea said. “We try to give them the opportunity to meet other Soldiers, make those connections and make friendships.”
For more information on the Fort Bragg BOSS program or events, visit their website, www.fortbraggmwr.com/boss, or their Facebook page, Fort Bragg BOSS Program. Their office is located in the First Citizen’s Bank on Butner Road and open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.