Events

May 10, 2013

Airmen volunteer at Special Olympics

Volunteers from Nellis Air Force Base time and congratulate participants of the 50-meter dash during the 11th Annual Nevada Special Olympics May 2 at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas, Nev. A total of 80 volunteers from Nellis AFB volunteered for this event. The Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities, providing year round training and competitions to more than 4 million athletes in 170 countries.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Airmen from here, Creech AFB and their families volunteered at the 11th annual Special Olympics May 2 at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas.

More than 80 Airmen from various units supported approximately 1,900 athletes by organizing competitions, recording results and providing cheer support.

The purpose of the Special Olympics, according to the www.specialolympics.org mission statement, is to “provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”

Volunteers for this event weren’t hard to find because it involved children in the local community.

“Anytime you have an event like this, the Special Olympics or anything that has to do with children, it is never a problem getting volunteers,” said Senior Master Sgt. Brian LeClair, 99th Surgical Operations Squadron superintendent. “I sent one last email on Sunday asking for 25 [volunteers], and by the morning, I had [more than] 100 emails in our organizational inbox, Airmen just wanting to come out and help.”

LeClair went on to explain it’s more than the volunteering aspect of it all because people get an unforgettable experience.

A participant in the 11th Annual Nevada Special Olympics runs the 50-meter dash May 2 at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas, Nev. The first international Special Olympics Games were held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill.

“If you volunteer for the Special Olympics, you’re going to get more than what you put into it,” he said. “It’s that feeling they get inside, when helping someone out, cheering them on and helping them do their best. That is what the Special Olympics are all about.”

The Special Olympics wasn’t just a volunteer experience to LeClair. His experience as an uncle to two autistic nephews made this personal.

“For me it’s awesome. I have two nephews that are autistic, I know what it takes to raise those [children], support them, and the encouragement they need, so being out here with these athletes is something special,” LeClair said, with tears in his eyes.

Airmen who had the opportunity to volunteer for the cause felt like they were doing more than simply putting in time.

According to LeClair, what set this volunteer opportunity apart from others is the fact Airmen participated because they felt like being involved and making a difference.

“It’s not about the bullet, it’s about the feeling you get,” he said

 

Senior Master Sgt. Brian LeClair, 99th Surgical Operations Squadron superintendent at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., cheers the 50-meter sprint during the Special Olympics held at Cheyenne High School May 3. LeClair helped organize approximately 80 participating Air Force volunteers.

 

Staff Sgt. Brenlyn, an Airman stationed in Las Vegas, tracks times for the 50-meter sprint during the 2013 Special Olympics May 3 at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas, Nev. Approximately 700 elementary school students and 850 secondary school students participated in the Special Olympics.

 

Jason Couillard
Senior Airman Timothy Ridge, 99th Force Support Squadron career development technician, assists a participant during the 11th Annual Nevada Special Olympics May 2 at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas, Nev. Approximately 80 volunteers from Nellis Air Force Base helped with the event.

 

The Special Olympics torch burns during the 11th annual Nevada Special Olympics May 2 at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas, Nev. Approximately 700 elementary school students and 850 secondary school students participated in this year’s Special Olympics.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DT_150227-F-JB386-263

Wounded Warriors rally for Air Force Trials

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jack Sanders Staff Sgt. August O’Niell salutes Maj. Gen. Margaret Poore, Air Force Personnel Center commander, after presenting her with an Air Force Wounded Warrior flag during the opening ...
 
 

Community Happenings – March 6, 2015

Relationship Seminar: All couples with DOD ID cards are welcome to attend this seminar based on an award winning marriage curriculum March 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Club on Nellis Air Force Base. Registration runs through March 11 at the Nellis AFB Chapel. The cost is $10 per couple and childcare and...
 
 
BHM

Green guest speaker at BHM banquet

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler Dr. Robert L. Green, former president of the University of the District of Colombia in Washington, D.C., speaks at the Black History Month banquet at The Club on Nellis Air ...
 

 

Community Happenings – February 27, 2015

Monday: Ready, Set, Grow at the Youth Center 10 a.m. Wednesday: Grill Your Own Steak at The Club 5 p.m. Thursday: Walk-in GI Bill briefing 2 p.m. Friday: Social hour at the Robin’s Roost 4 p.m. Public Meeting: The public is invited to attend a Nellis Air Force Base Restoration Advisory Board meeting at the...
 
 

Community Happenings – February 20, 2015

2015 Nellis AFB African American History Month: The Black History Month banquet is 6 to 9:30 p.m., Feb. 20 at The Club. Cost is $25 per person and dress is smart casual/semi-formal. For more information contact Senior Master Sgt. Richardson at 702-652-6815 For tickets contact Richardson, Master Sgt. Hayden at 702-652-6805, Tech. Sgt. Humphries at...
 
 

Community Happenings – February 13, 2015

2015 Nellis AFB African American History Month: The Black History Month banquet is 6 to 9:30 p.m., Feb. 20 at The Club. Cost is $25 per person and dress is smart casual/semi-formal. For more information contact Senior Master Sgt. Richardson at 702-652-6815 For tickets contact Richardson, Master Sgt. Hayden at 702-652-6805, Tech. Sgt. Humphries at...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin