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.


 
 

 
square

Luke Lightning strikes at Nellis

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., taxis to the runway for a training exercise at Nellis AFB, Nev., April 15. Maintaine...
 
 

CSAF discusses Air Force’s need to reset

WASHINGTON — The Air Force Association hosted its monthly Air Force breakfast with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III in Arlington, Virginia April 2. During his speech, Welsh addressed many topics and issues in today’s Air Force, including hitting the “reset button.” “For the last couple of years what we have...
 
 

Ten seconds later, that picture still exists

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — There is a conversation many teenagers have had with their parents or friends, me included. “Hey, don’t worry! It’ll be fine; all of the pictures I send disappear after 10 seconds. That’s how Snapchat works.” While many teenagers only share their silly, cross-eyed, quadruple-chinned faces with friends, there are a...
 

 

Becoming stronger through failure

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — Failing the Air Force physical training test was my greatest fear since joining the military. It is embarrassing to admit recently that fear came to fruition, but what I have learned through that failure has become one of my greatest strengths. After failing, I definitely felt like a weak...
 
 

‘Eye’ see you

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Lisa Winkelman, 99th Aerospace Medicine Squadron optometry technician, simulates taking a vision test at the Optometry Clinic on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 15. Getting an eye exam is important to ensure eye vision and pressure is good and in the normal range. For...
 
 

Nellis AFB goes green for Earth Day

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The first Earth Day occurred April 22, 1970, and was introduced by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. More than 20 million people and thousands of local schools and communities participated in the first Earth Day in the U.S. Across the Air Force today, installations are taking aggressive strides...
 




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