MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. -- Nearly 100 Marines with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14 gathered for fun in the sun March 28 during a sports tournament hosted by the squadron’s Single Marine Program.
The competition included flag football, volleyball and kickball games played among four teams of single and unaccompanied Marines who participated. The total number of points scored during all three events determined the victor.
“What better way to foster camaraderie and build unit morale than to host an event like this?” said Cpl. Kevin Walker, the Single Marine Program Council president.
Though the teams were comprised of players of all skill levels, the Marines were able to laugh and have a good time said Sgt. Gwaltney Marshall, an aircraft maintenance administrative specialist with MALS-14.
“I’m not really that good at a few of the sports, but I’m still having fun even though my team is losing badly,” he said. “This is helping us strengthen our bond.”
The unit’s first SMP event of the quarter went off without a hitch, said Walker. The program offers the Marines a variety of activities, including an upcoming 4 Lenses workshop which will give participants an opportunity to assess their personalities and learn to understand their strengths and potential.
In addition to earning bragging rights, the winning team, Loaf Affiliated, will have their names engraved on a trophy.
“Although I’ve only been to one unit SMP event so far, I plan to attend more,” said Marshall. “I think events like this are important. We work together and live together, but this helps us really get to know each other.”