Airmen team-up during 2017 Dorm Olympics

Airmen play volleyball

Joint Base Andrews dorm residents compete in a volleyball match during the 2017 Dorm Olympics on base, Oct. 13, 2017. The event was created to bring dorm residents together to create bonds and enhance teamwork. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Airmen talk to each other

Airman 1st Class James Horne, 11th Medical Group medical technician, talks with Airman 1st Class Isaac Sarnoff, 11th Comptroller Squadron finance technician, during a kickball match at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 13, 2017. The match happened during the 2017 Dorm Olympics, an event where Airmen teamed up to compete, strengthen bonds and enjoy a day of fun. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Airman kicks ball

Airman 1st Class Isaac Sarnoff, 11th Comptroller Squadron finance technician, plays a kickball game at the 2017 Dorm Olympics on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 13, 2017. During the event, dorm residents participated in four other events, including volleyball, tug-o-war and corn-hole. Dorm Airmen teamed up to enjoy a day of fun, teamwork and competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Airman Plays Basketball

Senior Airman Isaiah McDonald, 89th Airlift Wing communications technician, plays basketball during the 2017 Dorm Olympics on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 13, 2017. During the event, dorm residents participated in four other events, including volleyball, tug-o-war and kickball. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Airman plays corn-hole

Airman 1st Class Chong Lee, 11th Comptroller Squadron special actions technician, tosses a bean bag during a corn-hole match at the 2017 Dorm Olympics on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 13, 2017. During the event, dorm residents participated in four other events, including volleyball, tug-o-war and kickball. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Airman points to basketball hoop

Airman 1st Class Noelle Thomas, 11th Medical Support Squadron administrator, points to a basketball hoop during the 2017 Dorm Olympics on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 13, 2017. Thomas was explaining to Airmen where to aim on the backboard when trying to make a free throw. The Dorm Olympics were created to bring dorm residents together to create bonds and enhance teamwork. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Airmen play tug-o-war

Airman 1st Class Anthony Poindexter, 11th Security Forces Squadron elite gate guard, talks to his team during a tug-o-war match on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 13, 2017. The match was held during the 2017 Dorm Olympics, where dorm Airmen teamed up to enjoy a day of fun, teamwork and competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

Airmen hold up trophy

The winning team, dorm 1692, holds up the first place trophy at the 2017 Dorm Olympics on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 13, 2017. The event was created to bring Airmen together to enhance team work and create new bonds amongst dorm residents. The winning team won a $1,500 dinner for that dorm’s residents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spalding)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD. --

 JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. – More than 100 Airmen from JBA participated in the first ever Dorm Olympics on base, Oct. 13.

 

“The event was created as a morale event for dorm residents,” said Staff Sgt. Leighton Bryan, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron facility maintenance team NCO in charge. “It was aimed at creating competition, building team work and, most importantly, as a day of having fun.”

 

Dorm residents teamed-up to compete in: 2 vs. 2 corn-hole, 3 vs. 3 basketball, 4 vs. 4 volleyball, 6 vs. 6 kick ball and 6 vs. 6 tug-o-war.

 

Airman 1st Class Mario Cardone, 89th Communications Squadron cable and antenna maintenance technician, was excited to be on a team with his co-workers in a competitive atmosphere while enjoying free food and hanging out with fellow dorm residents.

 

“I feel there was more interaction and communication between Airmen at this event than any other event I have been to on Andrews,” Cardone said. “It was a 10 out of 10.”

 

As one of the 11th CES Dorm Leaders, Staff Sgt. Jesus Pabon notices that a lot of the time dorm Airmen have different shifts and in different shops on base, not allowing them an opportunity to get to know one another.

 

“Now here they are on the same team, competing to win and earn prizes together,” Pabon said.

 

The Airmen Dorm Leaders and the Dorm Olympics committee held fundraisers to raise money for the winners in individual sports, awarding them with gift cards, ranging in value from $25 to $100. The overall winning team, dorm 1692, received a $1,500 dinner for its residents. Also included at the event was a raffle, ping pong, food trucks and a disc jockey.

                                                                                                                                                           

“Seeing all the residents come out and show support, compete, and volunteer to make this event successful, solidified why we chose to support it,” Pabon said. “Events like this can be what it takes to break someone out of their shell and create a great bond or friendship. It made all the late nights, meetings and fundraising absolutely worth it!”

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