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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 said.

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 her duties.

“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 teams.

“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
Copyright 2010

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