Celebrating military children: PT in the Park
April 15, 2011
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - It was 6:30 a.m., when Leisa Uelese, 7, and her younger brother, Jacob, 3, took a break from running through the soccer drills and the football toss, so they could get a photo with Eddie the Eagle at "PT in the Park," here, April 5.
"They couldn't wait to be here," said their father, Sgt. Jacob Uelese, 325th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division. "They really wanted to know what I do every morning."
The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's Child, Youth and School Services held its annual PT in the Park family activity event at Bennett Youth Center Field, here.
More than 150 children and their parents wore gray Army physical training T-shirts. They exercised to music and ran through obstacles with some of their favorite superheroes and cartoon characters.
Disney characters, Spiderman, Pikachu, Hello Kitty and Eddie the Eagle led the energized group through stretching and dancing.
Later, participants engaged in individual athletic challenges and skills tests.
Children could also pose with Eddie the Eagle, DFMWR's mascot.
"I wanted to wear PTs," said Andrew Reed, who attended with his mother, Staff Sgt. Octavia Reed, Schofield Barracks Health Clinic, Tripler Army Medical Center.
"He was really excited and couldn't wait to get out here," she said.
Vince Manuwai, guard for the Jacksonville Jaguars, donated signed Jacksonville Jaguars jerseys for the children to win. Manuwai encouraged the children as they ran through soccer skills drills, the football toss, hurdles and the obstacle course.
"PT in the Gym" at the Fort Shafter Gym is set for 6:30-7:30 a.m., April 26. Call 808-656-3329 or visit www.mwrarmyhawaii.com.