No Hard Work Goes Unnoticed
(July 30, 2010)
|OKINAWA, Japan (7/27/2010) – Two employees of Marine Corps
Community Service Okinawa, Jason Meyers, the Camp Hansen
athletic director, and Christine Harris, the youth sports
coordinator at Camp Foster, were recently recognized by the
Armed Forces Recreation Society. Both were awarded the John
“Pat” Harden Practitioner Award.|
The award is designed to recognize excellence in armed
forces recreation employees. Harris and Meyers are scheduled
to attend a National Recreation and Park Association
convention this Fall, where they will receive their AFRS
awards during the convention.
This award is meant for the person that goes above and
beyond, making sure every activity is run smoothly, said
Jason Kozerski, the youth sports director.
When the time came around for Kozerski to nominate someone
in their office for the award, he knew right away he was
going to nominate Harris because of how hard she works, he
As the youth sports coordinator, Harris is responsible for a
myriad of tasks including recruiting coaches for each
sport's little league teams, managing each team's schedule
and overseeing the youth sports program.
Despite her job description as the youth sports coordinator,
she is also known for getting her hands dirty; she has
willingly worked extra hours and attended almost every event
the youth sports program holds.
“She is definitely an asset to this office,” Kozerski said.
“She has proven to be so, day after day.”
According to Harris, she was honored to be recognized for
“This isn't just a sitting in the office award, this is an
up to your knees in mud award as well,” Harris said.
Meyers has also shown to be a very hard worker, which is why
he was also nominated, said William Marjenhoff, the athletic
program manager for Semper Fit. “He excels in recreation
management and has shown great leadership capabilities.”
Meyers oversees the MCCS athletic program for Camp Hansen,
the operations for the recreational management, the
administrative and personnel duties as well as implementing
the sports programs.
For six months Meyers was short-handed in the office on Camp
Hansen, yet he and his team handled the work load very well,
Marjenhoff said. He has kept his team on track as far as
making sure the athletic program is mission successful.
“This is definitely a team effort though,” Harris said.
“Everyone here works just as hard, and I could not have done
it without the staff in this office.”
Marjenhoff shared the same thoughts with Harris. The award
was well deserved by Harris and Meyers but neither could
have accomplished the job without the support of their
“Everyone in this office does a great job, and we all work
together as one,” Kozerski said. “But, the award goes to the
person who has shown the same effort and then some.”
By III Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs|
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