9th MSC hosts Olympian, Olympic Day gathering

| September 8, 2012 | 0 Comments
Kevin Asano, 1988 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, speaks to participants on how the sport of judo has empowered him throughout his life and childhood during the 9th MSC's inaugural Olympic Day event, Aug. 25.

Kevin Asano, 1988 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, speaks to participants on how the sport of judo has empowered him throughout his life and childhood during the 9th MSC’s inaugural Olympic Day event, Aug. 25.

Story and photos by Maj. Gabriella McKinney
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER FLATS — Inspired by the 2012 London Olympic Games, the U.S. Army Reserve’s 9th Mission Support Command hosted its first Olympic Day, here, at the Army Reserve Center, Aug. 25.

Members of the youth Leeward Judo Club prepare for a demonstration at the 9th MSC's inaugural Olympic Day at Fort Shafter Flats' Army Reserve Center, Aug. 25.

Members of the youth Leeward Judo Club prepare for a demonstration at the 9th MSC’s inaugural Olympic Day at Fort Shafter Flats’ Army Reserve Center, Aug. 25.

The 9th MSC became the first military-affiliated organization in the Pacific to host an official U.S. Olympic Day event.

The festivities began with a 5K run and ended with guest speaker Kevin Asano, 1988 Olympic silver medalist in Judo, speaking to participants on how the sport of judo has empowered him throughout his life.

During his speech, Asano shared his three keys to success: Seek out to discover your dreams, step out and pursue your dreams and stick to it and don’t give up on your dreams.

Asano also thanked Soldiers for their service and stated that service members are the true heroes in this country.

“The event was a great way to celebrate the accomplishments of our USA Olympic athletes, while at the same time promoting physical fitness and family fun,” said Col. Eddie Rosado, commander, U.S. Army Reserve Theater Support Group.

Rosado was impressed with the efforts of the younger runners and those pushing the strollers who were determined to finish the race in “Army Strong” style.

The day concluded with catered food, music and round-robin style activities for families to enjoy. Activities included a live band, DJ, bounce houses, Wii and Xbox sporting games, face painting and shaved ice.

Olympic Day is celebrated all around the world by hundreds of thousands of people, young and old, who get moving and participate in sporting and cultural activities, such as runs, exhibitions, music and educational seminars.

“The idea that this was the very first Olympic Day event in the Pacific speaks volumes for the command,” said Travis Mckinney, Army Reserve Child, Youth and School Services youth services specialist. “We will take from this experience and build upon it for next year’s Olympic day event to make it even greater.”

During the last two decades, the event has helped to spread Olympic ideals to every corner of the world.

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