NORFOLK (NNS) -- Sailors aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) celebrated Feb. 4 with a Super Bowl party sponsored by the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) office.
The event featured a wide variety of entertainment for the ship’s crew, including video game tournaments, stadium-style food stands, a dance competition, as well as professional football players from the Green Bay Packers and cheerleaders from the New England Patriots.
“It was by-far the best experience I’ve had working for MWR, seeing something that everyone was looking forward to,” said Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Jeffrey A. Noell, from Truman MWR. “These people have to be stuck out at sea, so we want them to be able to experience this like they were at home or like they could be at the game.”
Noell said he enjoyed assisting in the set-up process of many of the event's activities, including a quarterback accuracy challenge and the sign-up rosters for the various competitions offered to the Sailors.
“We had a John Madden 2007 video game tournament,” said MWR crew member Aviation Electrician's Mate 1st Class (AW/SW) Alfredo E. Trinidad, III. “The winner got to play against one of the Green Bay Packers quarterbacks visiting the ship.”
In addition to coordinating the many activities available to the Sailors, the MWR crew helped set up the professional DJs hired for the event and coordinating with combat systems for the audio and visual equipment.
“We also provided 1,500 T-shirts and 50 footballs to the crew,” said Trinidad.
The MWR office began planning for the event immediately following Truman’s 2006 Christmas holiday party. They put in long hours figuring out how to make the event as memorable for their shipmates as possible.
“Everyone involved knew exactly what their role was,” Noell said. “It wouldn’t have gone as well as it did if everyone involved hadn’t worked together so well.”
Noell said the MWR office had their hands full planning the event around the ship’s daily routine, as well as the weekly activities the department sponsors for the ship’s crew.
“We had to plan around the ship’s schedule a lot,” Noell said. “There was a lot of moving around the ship to get things done.”
Regardless of any obstacles Truman MWR faced when planning the event, Trinidad said everyone involved knew they were working towards a worthwhile cause.
“We sacrificed a lot of hours, but that’s what MWR is here for,” said Trinidad. “I think we reached our goal to provide entertainment for the crew.”
Noell said the MWR hopes to sponsor more events like Sunday’s extravaganza for the crew in the near future.
“It would be too stressful for everyone if all they did was work all the time and didn’t have any fun,” said Noell. “People live on this ship. It needs to be like their home. They need to be able to do other things that are fun in their spare time.”
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