Marines participated in an event for Special Olympics at the New River Commissary on Marine Corps Air Station New River Jan. 4. The Marines represented units from across the station.
"Every year in January Procter and Gamble sponsors the Special Olympics," said Maureen Burnetsky, commissary officer. "Every commissary around the world will have mass display and endcaps all (P&G) products. We do an event. We bring Special Olympians in, we do games with them, and we pair them off with Marines. If the Olympian can’t do the event, then the Marine does it for them… We’re just supporting the Special Olympics."
This was the second annual event and Burnetsky plans to continue it every year. She was introduced to the idea while working at the Cherry Point Commissary.
"I used to volunteer for Special Olympics when I was growing up as a kid in New Jersey. My boss at Cherry Point… did this every year for 11 years so I brought it (to the New River Commissary)," said Burnetsky.
The Marines played some "Minute to Win It" games such as Junk in the Trunk, Hut Hut Hike, and Face the Cookie. They also played turkey bowling and had a pie eating contest.
"(Turkey bowling and Junk in the Trunk) were a lot of fun," said Lance Cpl. Brandon Willis, an avionics technician with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 162. "Junk in the Trunk is when they tie a tissue box around your waist. Then they put ping pong balls inside of it. You have to get them out of the box without using your hands. So, you just have to shake it."
Although no Olympians could attend this year the Marines participated in the event to show their support.
"The best part is feeling like you’re helping the community and giving back," said Willis. "It’s good for you. It’s good for everyone. There’s no reason to not volunteer."