Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C. --
Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Marines swept the Commander’s Cup Basketball Tournament, at Marine Corps Air Station New River’s newest fitness center, March 15.
ARFFs three-man team, named #notlastplace, consisted of Juan Padin, Quassie Swan and Greyson Stewart. They secured the tournament after narrowly defeating their final opponent, the Air Traffic Control team, 22-20.
The basketball tournament was part of the Commander’s Cup, a fundraiser for the 2013 Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Marine Corps Birthday Ball. The competition is composed of nine events, including a softball tournament, a five-man beach volleyball tournament and a chili cook-off.
Eighty percent of the money raised will go toward the Ball, while the remaining 20 percent will go to the winners of the Commander’s Cup.
Jen Anderson, H&HS Family Readiness Officer and one of the Commander’s Cup coordinators, said her first visit to the new fitness center was one of her inspirations for the basketball tournament.
“It was so big and so beautiful, I thought ‘we need to do something here,’” she said. “We needed a fun Marine Corps Ball fundraiser and Marines love to compete with each other.”
Anderson later received a call from Meteorology and Oceanography analyst Sgt. Timothy Foresman, who volunteered to oversee the basketball tournament.
Foresman said he liked basketball and he thought it was a good opportunity for the Marines.
“We don’t usually do a lot of this, so it’s a good chance for these shops to get together,” he said.
Fourteen three-man teams participated in the tournament. Each team member paid $5 to participate.
“Today was very fun and competitive,” said Swan, ARFFs lead scorer. “A lot of people got to show their stuff.”
Maurico White, Michael Williams and Valerian Gomez, from ATC, took second place in the tournament.
A.J. Loua, Jordan Mamoe and Joshua West, from the Installation Personnel Administration Center, took third place.
More than $200 was raised for the Ball through the basketball tournament.
The next event for the Commander’s Cup will be a chili cook-off. The cook-off will be held at the air station chapel from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., March 28.