Truman Sailors Compete for National Recreation Sports and Fitness Day


Story Number: NNS050309-06Release Date: 3/9/2005 4:26:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class Megan Parfitt, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) participated in the National Recreation Sports and Fitness Day competition Feb. 24.

The day commemorated the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association's birthday Feb. 22.

Twenty intramural directors from 11 historically black colleges came together for the first intramural conference in 1950 at Dillard University in New Orleans to form the National Intramural Association. People across America celebrate this day by participating in some kind of sports and fitness.

"The purpose of all my programs is to boost morale," said Truman's Morale, Welfare and Recreation Director L.A. Roberson, who coordinated the event. "If people are happy, having fun, and enjoying themselves, then my mission is accomplished."

The event aboard Truman included a push-up and sit-up competition, and body-fat testing. Fire Controlman 3rd Class Richard Todd pumped out 111 push-ups, Aviation Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Joshua Weiner burned through 105 sit-ups, and Airman (AW/SW) Hector Diaz had the lowest body fat count of 5 percent to clench the competition.

The event was much like the physical readiness test (PRT) without the 1.5 mile run. For this very reason, Command Fitness Leader Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class (AW/SW) Reginald Rivers said this competition is ideal for boosting awareness in Sailors and preparing for the PRT.

"Ever since the announcement for the fitness competition started making its way around the ship, everyone had been calling me to tell me how excited they were about the competition," said Rivers, Truman's Sailor of the Year. "Some even started boasting about how well they would do."

Roberson hoped it would promote fitness for the crew.

"I have wanted to do some fitness programming," said Roberson. "I know a lot of people on the ship are really into fitness and staying in shape, so I try to coordinate toward the interest of personnel onboard. I thought this day would be the perfect opportunity to plan something."

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, consisting of USS Barry (DDG 52), USS Mason (DDG 87), USS Monterey (CG 61), USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8), USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) and the aircraft from embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, deployed Oct. 13 for its second deployment in support of the global war on terrorism.

For related news, visit the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn75.

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