Danielle Heberle, a Fort Bragg Family member, watched her son, Henry, 3, play at the Armed Services YMCA Kids’ Olympics, June 3, at Albritton Middle School.
Being able to go Family events makes life easier while Danielle’s husband is deployed, she said.
“This gives us something to do while we’re waiting for him to come back.”
Sarah Hicks, an Army spouse, also seemed to enjoy Kids’ Olympics.
“I love how they involve the kids as well, not just the Soldiers,” she said.
Her daughter, Alyanna, a rising freshman, agreed.
“It’s really cool how we get the whole community together and basically enjoy our time together.”
The Kids’ Olympics promotes healthy living, outdoor activities, and kicks off summer fun for Families, said Lisa Kotson, Fort Bragg ASYMCA event coordinator.
It includes activities such as a push-ups, sit-ups, track, softball throw and music.
All participants receive a medal and those who registered early received a T-shirt. Additionally, like any Olympics, top finishers receive awards.
“It’s a great opportunity for the children and I love that they get rewarded,” said Amal Adams, an Army spouse who took her sons, Malik, 7 and Mekhi, 5, to Kids’ Olympics.
It’s an outing that the children seemed to appreciate.
“It’s nice. It has all the fun stuff we can do,” Mekhi explained.
Some finishing times and events included Telayna Hicks, 5, who complete 42 push-ups in one minute and Dylan Miller, who ran the 100-yard dash in 14:43.
For the Cabanayan Family, this year’s Kids’ Olympics was a first-time event.
“It’s fun, exciting,” said Kyarah Cabanayan, 11, daughter of 1st Sgt. Peter Cabanayan, a Soldier assigned to the 161st Engineer Support Company.
“It’s our first time, and definitely we’ll probably come back next year,” said the first sergeant.
For more information about ASYMCA services, call 436-0500 or visit www.asymca.org/fort-bragg-home.