PT in the Park: Morning of make believe, families celebrate MOMC

| April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
Olaf is met with enthusiastic admiration and excitement as military families gather together to celebrate the annual PT in the Park event for the Month of the Military Child held at Schofield School Age Center, Tuesday.

Olaf is met with enthusiastic admiration and excitement as military families gather together to celebrate the annual PT in the Park event for the Month of the Military Child held at Schofield School Age Center, Tuesday.

Story and photos by
Andy Beth Miller
Contributing Writer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Walt Disney once said that “you can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”

Tuesday morning, as the sun rose above an open soccer field at Schofield School Age Center, the truth of Disney’s wise words were tangible – seen in the smiles of children, felt through hugs and high-fives, and heard in playful peals of laughter ringing through the early morning light.

Daddy's little girl and her No. 1 fan team up together to complete a tire drill at the annual PT in the Park event hosted by Youth Sports for the Month of the Military Child, held at Schofield School Age Center, Tuesday.

Daddy’s little girl and her No. 1 fan team up together to complete a tire drill at the annual PT in the Park event hosted by Youth Sports for the Month of the Military Child, held at Schofield School Age Center, Tuesday.

The event was PT in the Park, an annual program (which felt more like a fun-filled play-date) sponsored by Youth Sports in honor of the Month of the Military Child (MOMC). It created a time and space of celebration, where military parents could bring their children to experience together a small window into their morning PT routine – with joy.

PT “Fantasyland”
Various fitness stations, including hurdles, ladders, cone drills, long jumps, parachute runs and more, vied for the attention of the ecstatic attendees. Moms raced their sons, rolling along a rubber tire. Daddy’s little girls ran circles around the fathers, who were wrapped around their fingers. It was a scene straight from Disney, complete with his lovable characters to boot, as well as a few other famous faces.

Minnie Mouse, Elmo, Elsa, Olaf, Dora the Explorer and Captain America arrived to greet and to compete alongside the keiki and their parents, and both parties were wild about it.
“It was a lot of fun getting to come out and do some activities with my son and get active together,” said Spc. Brian White, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, of the PT in the Park experience.

Staff Sgt. Derrick (top) and Sgt. Alyssa Ott enjoy a morning out with their children Amarra (2nd from left), Alayna, Dominic (left) and Daxton (far right) at PT in the Park, an event hosted by Youth Sports.                                          for the Month of the Military Child at Schofield School Age Center, Tuesday.

Staff Sgt. Derrick (top) and Sgt. Alyssa Ott enjoy a morning out with their children Amarra (2nd from left), Alayna, Dominic (left) and Daxton (far right) at PT in the Park, an event hosted by Youth Sports. for the Month of the Military Child at Schofield School Age Center, Tuesday.

Staff Sgt. Alex Deleon agreed, fondly describing the morning spent with his daughter Karla as being “a great way to really bond with the kids.”

“I brought (Karla) here today so that she could see what daddy does everyday,” Deleon explained, “so that she could be a part of it.”

And not only were the children a part of PT in the Park, they were the purpose.
Celebrating MOMC through a magical morning, made possible with the help of make believe and a stellar Youth Sports staff, a community was “made to believe,” or at least reminded anew, of the importance of the people and the families behind our armed forces, especially the children.

Youth Sports
For the Month of the Military Child, Youth Sports will be hosting PT in the Gym at Fort Shafter Physical Fitness Center from 6:30-7:30 a.m., April 28. Interested parties may call 836-1923 for more details.

Month of the Military Child Calendar

Schofield Barracks
April 16, 2-2:30 p.m.
Donuts with Dad at Petersen CDC

April 17, 9:30-11 a.m.
Mini Carnival at SB CDC
(Tentative location is Teen Center gym)

April 17, 6-8 p.m.
Teen Choice Awards at SB Youth Center

April 24, 2-4 p.m.
BCDC Mini Carnival at Bowen CDC
April 24, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Child Luau and Open House in Petersen
CDC parking lot

April 24-25, 7 p.m.-7 a.m.
Operation Megaphone! Worldwide Lock-In
at SB Youth Center

April 29, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Ice Cream Social at Petersen CDC

April 30, all day
Child Staff Appreciation Day at Bowen CDC

Fort Shafter/Aliamanu Military Reservation
April 30, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
MOMC Hallway Party at AMR CDC

Helemano/HMR
April 14, 8:30-9 a.m.
Multicultural Day at HMR CDC

April 30, all day
Staff Appreciation Day at HMR CDC

Keiki participate in a parachute run at the annual PT in the Park event, hosted by Youth Sports for the Month of the Military Child and held at Schofield SAC.

Keiki participate in a parachute run at the annual PT in the Park event, hosted by Youth Sports for the Month of the Military Child and held at Schofield SAC.

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