They’d been preparing for weeks and it was finally time to take the field. But, they had some important business to attend to first.
Members of Fort Bragg’s 28 fall youth sports teams and their Families gathered at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy Ceremony Field, Saturday, to officially kick off the season.
Before the ceremony, members of the Golden Knights performed a demonstration that included jumping with the American flag. Col. Kyle A. Reed, garrison commander, was the guest speaker and shared words of encouragement with the young athletes.
“We learn the most from the times we aren’t successful,” he said. “I challenge you to focus on learning rather than winning or losing.”
Cecil Barnes, youth sports coach for 36 years, agreed. He said the most important concepts children learn from sports are teamwork and integrity.
After the opening ceremony, teams headed to fields around the area for their first games of the season. At least one participant said she enjoyed her first game.
“Soccer is about having fun, but I’m also having fun sitting on the bench and putting my feet up” said Victoria Gray, 5, from the Rip Cords 6U soccer team.