Cheers and applause erupted as Brig. Gen. Donald MacWillie, senior commander, Fort Riley, announced the winner of the 2012 Commander’s Cup intramural sports competition during a leader’s call Dec. 14 at Riley’s Conference Center.
There may not have been a drum roll, but the energy was palpable as Lt. Col. Brian Hughes and Command Sgt. Maj. Archie Deese, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, accepted the trophy on behalf of the battalion.
“We are, of course, thrilled to be recognized as the Commander’s Cup winners. All credit goes to the incredible Soldiers and Family members who planned, coached, participated and enjoyed the (events),” Hughes said.
Hughes offered “special recognition to 1st Sgt. Fred Sample and his wife, Bobbi Jo.”
“(They) were the driving point behind all of this,” Deese added.
The Commander’s Cup is a company-level competition across various intramural sports and is awarded at the battalion level. Points are given based on participation, as well as performance in the events.
“There’s a huge variety of things that we do,” said Scott Scherberger, chief, Community Recreation Division, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, which runs the program.
“We have regular season play.
We have weekend tournaments, and we have a wide variety of programs,” Scherberger said.
Sports in the competition included flag football, bowling, basketball, golf, skeet and trap, volleyball, soccer and more.
Hughes expressed his gratitude to the team at DFMWR for coordinating the competition and providing the opportunity for Soldiers to participate in intramural sports.
The intramural events in the competition are free to participating all-Soldier teams.
“We certainly hope these opportunities remain available to our force as they foster healthy competition, team work, camaraderie, unit and individual pride,” Hughes said. “We are a better Army because of these types of competitive opportunities.”
In addition to the gleaming new trophy, the battalion received $500 toward its unit funds.
Competition for the 2013 Commander’s Cup is already underway. The new season kicked off with basketball in November. During the upcoming year, the DFMWR team plans to incorporate new events like futsal – a variation of indoor soccer with five-player teams – and even video gaming tournaments in conjunction with the Warrior Zone. Additionally, monetary awards will be given to units placing first, second and third in next year’s program.
“This is a great opportunity to get out and play some sports,” Scherberger said.
“We can’t slow down. We’re the best this world has to offer. Over the last 10 years, we just keep getting faster,” MacWillie said. “If we’re going to keep this tempo, let’s take a little time out and have a little competition between units.”
For more information, visit http://rileymwr.com/sports/?page_id=9.
By Julie Fiedler
1st Inf. Div. Post
Julie Fiedler | POST
Brig. Gen. Donald MacWillie, senior commander, Fort Riley, right, presents the Commander’s Cup to Lt. Col. Brian Hughes, 2nd GSAB, 1st Avn. Regt., CAB, left, during a leader’s call Dec. 14 at Riley’s Conference Center.