LOS ANGELES (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy joined more than 145,000 sports fans and celebrities in Southern California as hundreds of athletes competed in X Games Los Angeles, June 28 - July 1.
The X Games, which began in 1995, showcases world-class athletes in action events such as Motocross, BMX and skateboarding, and has spawned competitions throughout the world.
For the Navy, the X Games provide a great vehicle for brand awareness.
At the Navy's area within the X Games "village" nestled between the competition venues, recruiters, along with members of the Navy's Special Warfare community, answered questions about the Navy, signed autographs and posed for photos.
For the Sailors assigned to Navy Recruiting District Los Angeles, X Games LA is a chance to highlight career opportunities to men and women who enjoy these types of sports.
"The high-intensity nature of these events dovetails nicely with our Naval special operator/naval special warfare recruiting efforts," said Chief Special Boat Operator Timothy Compton. "We are always looking for that individual that is looking for the challenges that are inherent in the NSO/NSW community. We also use venues like this to educate the public that NSO/NSW is not just the SEALs; it's also special boat operators, air rescue, Navy divers and explosive ordnance disposal."
Throughout the four days the Navy team, which included members from the Navy's Detroit-based advertising agency, Campbell-Ewald, entertained the crowds with trivia challenges, the NAVY Simulator, and two autograph sessions with X Games competitor Kevin Robinson.
Robinson, who has been a mainstay of X Games, thanked the Sailors for their commitment to serving.
"You know, a lot of people think that professional athletes or actors are heroes, but the men and women of the military - the ones who put their lives on the line for all of us - they are the true definition of a hero."
Deputy Commander, Surface Forces, Rear Adm. Mike Shatynski, awarded medals to the top performers during the competition.
Shatynski, whose hobby is racing in off-road competitions such as the Baja 1000, was thrilled to be part of X Games LA.
"The energy and excitement here is wonderful," said Shatynski. "I'm honored and thrilled to be here on behalf of the Navy."
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