Summer Slam 2010 draws players from all over Europe
USAG Mannheim player, Sgt. 1st Class Adam Shaw, crushes a pitch during Summer Slam 2010 on Patton Barracks in Heidelberg, Germany.

HEIDELBERG, Germany - Athletes and spectators alike traveled from as far away as Lakenheath, England and Naples, Italy to participate in Summer Slam 2010 held in Heidelberg.

"The event was a huge success," said Mike Criswell, U.S. Army Garrison Baden-WAfA1/4rttemberg sports and fitness chief. "Only had one minor injury in basketball and everything else ran like clock work."

The event included basketball, beach volleyball, softball and raquetball, with some athletes playing in more than one category.

"Some men played softball and basketball and some ladies played softball and volleyball," Criswell said.

This year proved to be more successful for beach volleyball.

"This year we added beach volleyball at a larger and better scale," Criswell said. "Last year volleyball didn't go off because of the weather and low participation. This year we had seven two-player men's teams and two four-player women's teams."

Not only did the event promote good sportsmanship, it was a chance for people from all over to meet and mingle.

"This was a great chance to be reminded that there are more posts out there other than mine and people that have the same love and drive for the sport as I do," said Spc. Jaret Smith, Heidelberg softball player. "Watching different teams and sports leaving nothing but their best on the court or field motivates me to do the same."

At the end of the weekend, the participants were satisfied with how the events played out.

"(The athletes) were all pleased with the organization and execution of the events they participated in," Criswell said. "They appreciated the caliber of awards and each participant received a T-shirt and hat as a memento."

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