A love of soccer seems to be the common thread running through those who participated in this year’s 2012 Unit Level Intramural Soccer League/Tournament facilitated by the Fort Bragg sports program, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
Joseph Rodenay said soccer is all he knew as a child growing up in Haiti. So, as an active-duty servicemember, he decided to take advantage of the opportunity to play and joined fellow Soldiers in an evening game, Sept. 27, at Pope Soccer Field.
Rodenay, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, played on the team of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.
According to league rules, units may merge if they are in the same brigade or major unit command. Also, a Soldier assigned to a unit that does not participate in league play may be allowed to join the roster of another unit that does.
For Rodenay, playing soccer is beneficial in many different ways.
“It’s a good way to pass the time and it keeps you out of trouble,” he said. “It (also) occupies your mind and keeps you in shape,” said Rodenay, who stands 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds.
Justin Clawson, another active-duty Soldier, said he has been playing soccer since he was a 17-year-old growing up in his native New Mexico. The three-year Army veteran played goalie for SWCS teammates.
Ana Ruiz said she played soccer in high school in her native Texas.
“I love soccer. It keeps you moving. Being able to play it here (on Fort Bragg) makes me happy — it’s something to do.”
Nerys Molina, also a native Texan, began playing soccer as a six-year-old.
“Soccer is life — it’s just what I love to do,” he said. “It’s a good way to get out and have some fun.”
The 95th Civil Affairs Battalion won the game 4-3, said Kurt Phoenix, sports specialist, DFMWR.
He said 16 teams signed up for unit-level league play. The post tournament began Tuesday and will conclude Oct. 22.
For more information about sports programs on Fort Bragg, visit www.fortbraggmwr.com or call 396-1217.