By Pfc. Hong Moo-sunOctober 1, 2010
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - With great participation from U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Community members, Child, Youth and School Services hosted the Boys and Girls Clubs of America's Day for Kids, which also was Worldwide Day of Play, Sept. 25 at the Child Development Center parking lot.
The Day for Kids is an annual event, celebrating the importance of establishing stronger relationships between adults and youth. Especially this year, CYSS teamed up with Nickelodeon, holding the network's seventh annual Worldwide Day of Play.
Worldwide Day of Play is Nickelodeon's signature health and wellness event marked by its TV channels and websites going off the air and offline from noon to 3 p.m. to inspire kids and families to go outside and get active. The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, also joined Nickelodeon in celebrating Worldwide Day of Play by sharing a special message encouraging kids and families to turn off their televisions and computers and to get out and play.
The event featured various game and program booths, along with food stands selling American specialties. Some special booths were free games of Putt-Putt- and batting cages, face painting, and hair braiding. The main stage featured demonstrations from Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills Unlimited, including ballet, taekwondo, and gymnastics.
Several raffles also took place during the event. Maj. Rick Taylor, Special United States Liaison Activity Korea, won the bicycle from one of the raffles, donated by A Few Good Men.
"My daughter was performing in the ballet demonstration, so we came and just got lucky," said Taylor. "We have only been in Korea for two weeks and our household goods are not here yet. This will get my daughter something to play with outside. She really wanted to get a bicycle."
It is great to see the community and all the kids having something to do on the weekends. I think this is a wonderful event, he added.
"We participated in this event for the last couple of years. Each year, we normally come out and provide support as far as barbeque. We are trying to give back to the community by donating the bicycle. Most of the profits we make by selling food here are going to go toward the joy foundation which is for homeless children in the Philippines," said Lorenzo Johnson from A Few Good Men.
"Garrison Yongsan and the Installation Management Community supports all Soldiers, Families and Army Civilians with quality programs and safe communities that meet their needs," said USAG Yongsan Garrison Commander Col. William Huber. "We are keeping our promise to make Yongsan a place where community members can thrive."