By Clint Stone, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys Public AffairsJune 20, 2016
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea -- The Installation Management Command Headquarters 2015 Awards for Excellence in Army Recreation results are in and U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys captured the top three prizes for medium-size installations.
Humphreys won for Garrison/Installation Recreation, the Aquatic/Recreation Swimming and the Intramural Sports programs.
On hand to present the awards was Michael Amarosa, the chief of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation for Installation Management Command Pacific Region.
Amarosa praised those who provide services to the Army community.
"You have to have a love for what you do and that has shown through the great team work that went into these programs," Amarosa said. "The customer response driven programs, those that address the needs of the population are what we are awarding."
The Garrison/Installation Recreation Award cited Humphreys for outstanding work delivering Garrison-wide special events and activities by increasing customer focused programs, perusing external partnership opportunities, and implementing a team approach. This led to a marked increase in participation in entertainment programs and large scale events: e.g. SpringFest, Fourth of July celebration and Oktoberfest.
For the Aquatic/Swimming award, innovative programming such as the Pooch Plunge, Splish and Splash Block Party, and the Santa Fun 'N' Sun Splash helped sway the judges.
Finally, the Intramural Sports award recognized the garrison for expanding activities--women's softball league, badminton, indoor soccer, powder puff football, and color runs--as well as exceptional support of post level sports competitions.
When asked what these wins mean for the Garrison, Natalie Boutte the chief of the Community Recreation Division was quick to point out the monetary rewards.
"All three wins offer a cash award; Recreation Program of the year is $5,000 and the two other individual program awards are $2,500. This money goes back into the individual program affording us the opportunity to provide to the community.
"These awards also serve as a huge morale booster for the staff; it not only recognizes their dedication and hard work, but also motivates them to continue to strive to have the best programs in the future" said Boutte.
To learn what the Recreation Programs have in store for the future, check out the Family and MWR website at www.humphreysmwr.com.