Annual Rainier Cup golf tournament June 26-Sunday brought active duty, retired and other members of local military community together for a fun, competitive intraservice competition which started 18 years ago. Navy won this year’s title with a comeback run to defeat the Army team from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
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An average of 40 people — including active duty, retired and family members — play weekly Texas Hold ‘em tournaments at the Warrior Zone on Lewis North. The games are recognized by regulars as an inexpensive way to play the card game and create, maintain friendships.
Lakewood Dozens of runners from Joint Base Lewis-McChord “braved the undead” during the second annual Zombie Apocalypse 5k Run Saturday at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood.
Former Seattle Seahawks Marcus Trufant, along with current players Jermaine Kearse and Derrick Coleman Jr., led a special youth football camp Saturday at Cowan Stadium on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. More than 400 youths were registered for the camp.
Races: Joint Base Lewis-McChord will host the Color Dash 5K Saturday on Lewis Main near Exit 119 off Interstate 5. Open to the general public — enter from the DuPont Gate and be guided to the starting area. Packet pickup begins at 7:30 a.m. For more information or to register, visit jblmmwr.com/races or CD5K.com. A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit USO Northwest.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord Family and MWR races is bringing back the Triple Threat Triathlon series, but in conjunction with two other races — the Black Hills Triathlon Sunday in Lacey, and the Lakewood SummerFest Triathlon July 11 in Lakewood. The JBLM Spring and Olympic Triathlon is scheduled for Aug. 29 at Shoreline Park on Lewis North.
Freedom Fest isnt the only home for activities on Joint Base Lewis-McChord on July Fourth. Rugby fans can watch local and international players compete in the JBLM Rugby Sevens Tournament at Watkins Field or run in the first JBLM Color Dash 5K on Lewis Main.
Third annual Green Golf Classic and Sustainability Summit promotes how Eagles Pride Golf Course on Joint Base Lewis-McChord has improved the game of golf while reducing the carbon footprint.
Youth: Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart will host a Football ProCamp for JBLM youths July 7-8 at Rainier Field on McChord Field. The event is free, but requires youths to be registered through Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Child, Youth and School Services to enroll in the ProCamp. Visit the CYSS Parent Central Services at Bldg. 2295 on Lewis Main to fill out the forms. There are 150 free spots available. For more information, call 253-966-2977.
Seattle Seahawk wide receiver Jermaine Kearse opened a new foundation to support military youths and families with community partnerships and projects soon to be announced. Kearse grew up on Joint Base Lewis-McChord before becoming a star in the NFL.
TACOMA The annual Sound to Narrows 12K event attracts 18 teams totaling about 400 service members for the Military Formation Run, a unique race that requires teams to cross the line in a formation. The best overall time belongs to the A Company, 51st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, of Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
NBA legend Lenny Wilkens stopped by Joint Base Lewis-McChord June 12 for a series of events as part of the league’s Hoops for Troops. After helping with a youth basketball clinic at Hillside Youth Center, Wilkens met and served meals to service members at the Warrior Zone.
The first Freedom Park Skate Jam is scheduled to take place Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Freedom Park on Lewis Main. The event promotes Go Skateboarding Day with a completion open to all interested amateur skateboarder both on the installation and those who live outside the base.
Youth: Former Seattle Seahawks Marcus Trufant will host a youth football camp June 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cowan Stadium on Lewis Main. The camp also features current Seahawks Derrick Coleman. Open to dependents of service members and Department of Defense ID cardholders. Cost is $25 and registration is due today at campsself.active.come/Kearse
WASHINGTON, D.C. Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team members and athletes from the NFL joined forces to compete in the 3rd annual Amputee Warrior Softball Classic Saturday at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie, Md.
Eric Reid, of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, finished 20th overall in the Armed Forces Triathlon Sunday in Hammond, Ind., which qualified him to be selected for the U.S. Master’s team for the upcoming World Military Games in October. His teammate Brian Trainor was still supportive despite not being able to participate himself.
Twelve miles is an important distance in the military. It may sound a little arbitrary, but it’s proved to be a defining stretch for many young Soldiers.
Eight JBLM service members played a friendly competition May 16-17 at both installation golf courses and Chambers Bay for a special that is scheduled to air on the U.S. Open preview show Wednesday on Fox Sports One.
Youth: June 19 is the final day to register for beginners’ archery classes and for the upcoming tennis camp through JBLM Child, Youth and School Services — both will be at Parent Central Services on 12th and Bitar on Lewis Main. Archery is open to ages 8-18 for $45 and runs June 22 to Aug. 3, while tennis is for ages 7-15 for $35 and runs June 23 to Aug. 4. For more information or to register, visit jblmmwr.com/cys.
JBLM service members Eric Latson and Dennis Lewis played as members of the All-Army men’s volleyball team during the USA Volleyball Open Nationals May 22-24 — this included games that composed an Armed Forces Championships against Air Force and Navy.
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. Staff Sgt. Randall Forsythe, a 375th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., submitted a package to “American Ninja Warrior” television show in 2014.
Hyres, Casper score go-ahead goals in respective 1-0 victories that helped Army eventually win the Armed Forces Men’s Soccer Championships played May 14-20 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.
Service members and youths will have a chance to meet and greet NBA and Seattle Supersonics’ legend Lenny Wilkens throughout various activities June 11-12 as part of the NBA’s Hoops for Troops event on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Val Mendoza came to Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Half Marathon/5K event Saturday hoping to improve on a half-marathon time two weeks ago that wasn’t up to his par. Living in the Prosser-Grandview area, Mendoza learned about the event online and registered, making a four-hour drive to run at Russell Landing on Lewis North.
Youth: Joint Base Lewis-McChord Child, Youth and School Services is hosting a Family Fitness Night today from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the CYSS Hillside Center on South 12th Street, Lewis Main. The event is for ages 5-15 and is $10 per student for active games and activities. CYSS registration required by going to jblmmwr.com/cys.
Thousands of runners participated in the Wear Blue: Run to Remember event in Dupont.
Tryouts for the Army team in this year’s Rainier Cup golf tournament will be open Monday to June 6 at Eagles Pride Golf Course. The Air Force team from McChord Field won last year’s competition, with the Army team trailing by two points.
With years of experience supporting sports and athletic programs on various Army installations, Aaron Jones was named the director of sports, fitness and aquatics at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Military teams representing six branches of the military, including three teams from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, participated in the second annual Salute to Armed Forces Softball Classic at Cheney Stadium May 20-21. The Army team from JBLM won the championship after defeating Navy 20-7 in the final game.
Special Olympics Washington summer games return to JBLM Friday through Sunday.