Fox Sports lands at Fort Campbell: Athletes, "Fox Sports Girls" visit post to promote Soldier fitnes
By Staff Sgt. Joel Salgado (USAREUR)August 13, 2013
FT. Campbell, Ky. -- Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) hosted members of Fox Sports along with current and former major league sports athletes during their visit here Aug. 12.
The crew from Fox Sports visited Ft. Campbell as part of their summer bus tour to promote the creation and launch of Fox Sports 1.
"We have Fox sports regional networks across the country and a new Fox Sports 1 brand launching and for us it's all about the different communities and the different people we can connect with," said Becky Ross, the Director of Public Relations for Fox Sports North and Wisconsin. "And for us to go out on the road and especially to come to a military base like this and connect with all these people who are watching our networks is really important."
During their time here at Ft. Campbell, the Fox Sports representatives were involved in a series of community relations events and training ranging from physical training to rappelling at the air assault school.
Beginning early in the morning, they participated in physical fitness training with students at Third Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. The training consisted of a demonstration of Army Physical Readiness Training followed by a round of circuit training.
"Anything like that, that athletic stuff, I'm all for it," Jenny, a Fox Sports North Girl, said. "I've never felt so great." Jenny declined to give her last name due to security and privacy concerns as directed by Fox corporate office.
They followed their morning workout with breakfast with Soldiers at the 101st Sustainment Brigade Dining Facility before moving on to their next destination, the Lozada Physical Fitness Center, for a series of team building exercises pairing the Fox Sports team with 101st Sust. Bde Soldiers.
Following a lunch and meet and greet at the Zone they moved on to the Ft. Campbell High School to meet with the students.
Next it was on to the Sabalauski Air Assault School for a demonstration of rappelling and a chance to get some "hands on." The school cadre led them through the obstacle course and demonstrated the confidence building that is necessary to become an air assault Soldier before taking them to the rappel tower.
"Truthfully I was a little nervous and I'm up for anything normally," Jenny said. "The height of it was a little scary and just watching the whole initially getting off I was worried about, but once you feel the rope behind you it's about confidence."
After the air assault school, the Fox crew left to continue their tour with a new appreciation for what the Army does.
"I really take away all the hard work and everything that (Soldiers) put in getting ready to deploy," said Katie, a Fox Sports Girl from San Diego. "You hear on the news the different things (Soldiers) do, but to actually see it and do it with them really puts that into perspective and that's something I'll take with me forever."