Fort Knox children, parents celebrate start of fall sports season
By Eric Pilgrim | Fort Knox News
September 12, 2019 1 / 7 Players on the Knights football team practice hitting drills prior to the start of their season opener game Sept. 11, 2019. They and several other youths celebrated the start of the fall season with a ceremony at the Fort Knox Caruso Youth Sports and Fitness Complex. VIEW ORIGINAL 2 / 7 Soldiers from the U.S. Army Human Resources Command Honor Guard render a salute as three youths with the Child and Youth Services gymnastics program sing the national anthem Sept. 11, 2019. Hundreds of children and their parents gathered at Caruso Youth Sports and Fitness Complex to kick off the start of the fall sports programs. VIEW ORIGINAL 3 / 7 Command Sgt. Maj. Garrick Griffin, senior enlisted advisor of Fort Knox Garrison, encourages youths to play hard and have fun at the fall season sports opener Sept. 11, 2019. VIEW ORIGINAL 4 / 7 A young boxer practices her jabs and dodges as others wait their turn during the season opener to Fort Knox's fall youth sports programs Sept. 11, 2019. VIEW ORIGINAL 5 / 7 An enthusiastic young competitor leads the rest of the gymnastics squad onto the field prior to the start of the fall youth sports season opener Sept. 11, 2019. VIEW ORIGINAL 6 / 7 A young police officer hopeful learns what each of the buttons and bells mean in a military police squad car after the opening ceremony of the youth sports fall season Sept. 11, 2019. VIEW ORIGINAL 7 / 7 Coaches of the Hercules soccer team get players prepared for their season opener at Caruso Youth Sports and Fitness Complex Sept. 11, 2019. VIEW ORIGINAL
Caruso Youth Sports and Fitness Complex filled up with excited children and parents as Fort Knox Child and Youth Services kicked off another fall season of fun Sept. 11, 2019.
The Fort Knox Garrison command team of Col. CJ King and Command Sgt. Maj. Garrick Griffin spoke to the crowd after Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff announced the teams participating in this year's events.
King encouraged parents to not expect their children to be professional athletes at their level of competition, let coaches coach, and enjoy watching their children develop throughout the season.
The ceremony included a moment of silence for those who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The season opener wrapped up with fun games and activities that included football toss rings, bounce houses, fun interaction with police and fire officials and food and drinks.
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