Harry S. Truman MWR Hosts Spades Tournament


Story Number: NNS080318-12Release Date: 3/18/2008 1:40:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Recruit Jared Hall, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75)'s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department hosted its first official spades tournament Feb. 27 to boost the spirit of the crew.

Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class (AW/SW) Chris Mooty and Electrician's Mate 2nd Class (SW) Travis Speight won the tournament.

Thirty-two players participated and many passersby stopped to watch the action.

Ship's Serviceman 3rd Class Donovan Lavette, MWR representative, said people already played spades on the ship, and the goal of the tournament was to give Sailors a chance to prove who was the best.

"It's good to be recognized as being on top," said Mooty.

Card players and bystanders alike shouted enthusiastically as cards fell. Winning teams gave each other high fives. Winning was many a player's only thought.

"I live to win. I breathe win," said Speight. "Every time you see me breathe on a cold winter day, you see 'win' coming out."

Lavette said MWR's events give Sailors a chance to mingle and interact with each other.

Omar Suñer, Truman's fun boss, said MWR sponsors these sorts of events to build camaraderie between Sailors.

After a difficult climb to the top of the single-elimination bracket, Speight and Mooty faced off against Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class (AW) Dantrell Chaplin and Aviation Ordnanceman 3rd Class Candice Boston for the final round of the tournament. Speight and Mooty won by over 200 points.

MWR provided waterproof MP3 players, headphones and travel MP3 speaker systems as prizes for the top three teams.

Mooty and Speight said they enjoyed the tournament because it was well organized and structured. They will be playing in the next tournament, they said.

Although everyone couldn't win, the tournament was a great success. Sailors were able to relax and play competitively in a friendly atmosphere. MWR once again provided entertainment for all.

For more news from USS Harry S. Truman, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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