Chief Selectees Volunteer at Special Olympics

Story Number: NNS100827-08Release Date: 8/27/2010 8:53:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jon Dasbach, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Hawaii

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Navy Region Hawaii chief petty officer selectees volunteered to help with Special Olympic events held at Waiau District Park in Pearl City, Hawaii, Aug. 22.

Selectees volunteered as bocce referees and line judges as part of their chief induction process, to show the Navy's support and to give back to the community.

"It's important for the Navy to come out and support. It tells that we want to get involved with the community, [not to] show our military presence, but give back to the community," said Chief (Select) Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Jason Townsend, a Special Olympics volunteer.

The volunteers helped Hawaii's disabled athletes as they participated in several games where they learned an understanding of sports and the concept of friendly competition.

Chief (Select) Information Systems Technician Patrick Miller, a Special Olympics volunteer, said he got just as much out of the event as the participants did.

"I always like to volunteer, I always love giving back. It makes me feel like I'm making a difference," said Miller.

Chief selectees were also responsible for ensuring that coaches and parents stayed on the side lines so that the participants could play without distractions.

Awards and medals were handed out to the winners.

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