One of the popular requests for the USO2Go program is the athletic kit, which features recreational activity equipment including a putting green and portable putting set, volley ball and badminton set, horseshoes, frisbees, footballs, flag football belts, nerf balls, soccer balls and a magnetic dart board. Individual USO Centers often augment those offerings with sports equipment of their own. And sometimes they get really creative!
Camp Buehring, for example, recently had NASCAR-themed event inspired by the recent race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Right before the race began, troops signed up on the “Caution Lap Pool” to guess when the first five cautions would occur. Winners won prizes if they guessed correctly.
They also held their own race, right inside the USO! Troops competed against each other by racing remote-controlled cars throughout the cafe on a 550 cord race track. How cool is that? As one duty manager said, “Troops and staff had a blast at this event!”
Over at the USO at Ali Al Salem, it was the Great American Pastime that brought together Troops. Staff and volunteers there hosted a day of festivities last week to say goodbye to the old command cell and welcome the new command cell. The events kicked off with a good old game of softball, with the old command cell winning the game 22 to 17. “Take me out to the ballgame” now has a whole new meaning!
Finally, it’s not our story, but we think it’s a good one anyway. A group of Canadian and American hockey players from the NHL recently travelled to Afghanistan for a game of street hockey. And they brought along the Stanley Cup!
This friendly rivals have been playing a series of exhibition games organized by the Canadian government. Players past and present played alongside Troops in Kandahar, among other locations. This is the fourth time the Stanley Cup has visited the Persian Gulf. Keep updated with posts on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ website and take a moment to listen to a report from NPR.