Flag football forges friendship
December 4, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, REPUBLIC OF KOREA -- In order to build camaraderie between the Army and Navy and also to provide weekend entertainment for Servicemembers, Families and Civilians, U.S Army Garrison Yongsan hosted its annual Army versus Navy Flag Football game here, Dec. 1.
As one of the greatest college football rivalry match-ups draws near in the U.S., Yongsan's localized version brought the same amount of intensity and cheers to Korea. A great number of Army and Navy fans filled the Seoul American High School Football Stadium, generating the enjoyable tension between both sides.
Along with the football action on the field, there was a cheerleading battle happening on the sidelines.
Meg Yoder, a cheerleader for the Navy and Marine Corps spouses team, had words for her daughter, Erin Yoder, a cheerleader of Seoul American High School, and also cheering for the Army squad.
"It's always fun to get together and have fun with the people from our own military community trading jokes with Army side," said Meg Yoder. "This year is especially more fun because High School cheerleaders cheer for the Army and my daughter is one of them. Even though she is a Navy kid, we have been teasing her a lot about it."
While supporting both sides of the gridiron, Col. Michael E. Masley, garrison commander of U.S Army Garrison Yongsan, expressed how the match-up was more than just a game.
"Welcome to the United States Army Garrison Yongsan," said Masley as he stressed the word 'Army.' "Here at the Garrison, we will not favor one team over the other. We are looking forward to fellowship and friendship between Army and Navy through this football game."
After exchanging several touchdowns, Army was able to clinch the win, 20-12.
Regardless of the result, players expressed their gratitude to the Community for cheering everyone on even in cold weather.