Air Soft event raises money, awareness for wounded warriors

| November 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

Air Soft Warriors
News Release

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Air Soft enthusiasts gathered Veterans Day weekend to host the first Air Soft tournament, here, to raise money for a wounded warrior project.

“Akin to paintball, Air Soft is a growing sport in Hawaii,” said Shaun Toy, 16, founder and organizer of Air Soft Warriors of Hawaii. “I saw this as a unique opportunity to rally a community of enthusiasts who are strong supporters of the military, most being military members themselves.”

Toy is the son of Col. Ed Toy, director of Operations and Military Support, Hawaii Army National Guard.

The event attracted almost 200 participants from across Oahu; most supporters were from the Waianae and Wahiawa areas.

“The biggest draw was an ability to use the urban assault village, better known as the military operations on urban terrain, or MOUT, site,” Shaun Toy said. “This was a rare opportunity to use a premier training facility that is traditionally used to train Soldiers getting ready to deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan. The result was one of the most challenging and exciting Air Soft tournaments held in Hawaii to date.”

With more than $3,000 raised for the project, Toy hopes to host similar quarterly events to raise money for wounded warriors.

“My goal was to raise $5,000 this weekend,” he said. “However, not knowing how to best advertise and announce our fundraising event, many Air Soft enthusiasts did not get the word.”

According to the group’s website, Air Soft’s events are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for service members who have served in combat operations to protect freedom.

The Air Soft Warriors of Hawaii tournament will be aired on the Pentagon Channel. Visit www.airsoftwarriors.org.

 

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