Navy Seals Visit Greensboro For Community Outreach
(October 9, 2009)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (Oct. 3, 2009) Capt. Adam Curtis and Cmdr. Brian Casson, assigned to Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Command help to motivate a student during the Navy SEAL Fitness Challenge held at Grimsley High School. Naval Special Warfare (NSW) operators hosted the event, which included a 500-yard swim followed by push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups and the run, in an effort to promote fitness among Americans and to raise awareness about NSW programs. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michelle Kapica
| ||Greensboro, N.C. (10/6/2009 - NNS)|
A Navy SEAL motivating team, three East coast based Navy SEALs, and the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, also known as the Leap Frogs, participated in the Naval Special Warfare's diversity outreach program Oct. 2-3 in Greensboro, N.C.
SEALs spoke with students at local high schools and put on a Navy SEAL Fitness Challenge for the youths in the community. A Leap Frog demonstration was also performed at a local high school.
The weekend was highlighted when the Leap Frogs parachuted into Aggie Stadium at North Carolina A&T State University and presented the game ball to Vice Adm. Joseph Kernan, a Navy SEAL officer and senior military assistant to the secretary of defense, Harold L. Martin Sr., chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University, and Mel Watt, U.S. representative of the 12th District of North Carolina, before the historic rivalry game with North Carolina Central University.
"The purpose of this program is to build awareness of Naval Special Warfare career opportunities," said Capt. Adam Curtis (SEAL), Director of Naval Special Warfare Recruiting
Vice Adm. Kernan also pointed out the unique opportunity to engage in outreach with the Greensboro community.
"We are taking the opportunity to build the future of the Navy and SEAL teams. The NSW community will sell itself, but the more diverse we are the better. Diversity is of significant importance in the Navy. The Navy should reflect the nation we live in," Kernan said.
|Retired Master Chief William H. Goines, the very first African American Navy SEAL, also was on hand for the weekend events in Greensboro. |
"People know about SEALs through advertisement, but we can tell them what is expected. With active-duty SEALs here, we can answer any questions a kid might have," said Goines, a graduate of Underwater Demolition Team Replacement Accession (UDTRA) class 17 in 1957.
More than 200 kids participated in the SEAL challenge of a 500-yard swim, 1.5-mile run, push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups. SEALs also participated and encouraged the participants throughout the entire challenge.
"It really helps to be a good athlete to be a SEAL. Events like the fitness challenge help find kids who could make it physically, and then we give them advice and make them aware what opportunities are available," said Goines.
|GREENSBORO, N.C. (Oct. 2, 2009) Two Navy special warfare operators (SEAL) assigned to an East Coast based SEAL team talk with football players at Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C. The SEALs participated in the pre-game meal and spoke about opportunities and decision making as part of a Naval Special Warfare Group (NSWG) 2, community outreach program. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob L. Dillon|
|"The event was a huge success, and it was a great way to promote fitness and challenge kids in a NSW environment," Curtis said.|
"Anybody can be successful in this (NSW) community. As a youth we are all exposed to different opportunities. These events let us expose the NSW community to different groups of people and let it be known that there is an opportunity for them," Kernan said.
For more news from Naval Special Warfare Group Two, visit www.navy.mil/local/nswgtwo/.
By Navy MCS 3rd Class Jacob Dillon
Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Public Affairs
Reprinted from Navy News Service
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