Team Mildenhall promotes healthy lifestyle through sports

RAF MILDENHALL, England -- With many ways of staying active and fit, many members of Team Mildenhall have found sports a fun and competitive way to stay on track.

"Sports programs offer Airmen a chance to enjoy an activity while burning a few calories," Tech. Sgt. Dion Jordan, 100th Force Support Squadron, stated in an e-mail. "The only way to stay truly fit, of course, is regular exercise and proper diet, but a sport offers team building, stress relief, fun and keeps you involved with your unit."

Sergeant Jordan also emphasized that every level of fitness is accepted.

"Being good at sports is a plus, but it's definitely not a must," he said. "The important part is just coming out to support and participate."

Playing sports can carry with it risks of injury.

"There are injuries like sprains or pulled muscles but that's expected from time to time." Sergeant Jordan said. "We stress warming up and stretching before any kind of strenuous activity to minimize them."

Those who have participated in the sports program said it was beneficial to them in many ways.

"The competition helps keep me motivated to stay active and fit," said Senior Airman Carlos Sanchez, 100th Force Support Squadron. "I've been doing sports since I was young, so intramural sports is a great chance to continue that passion."

Senior Airman Denny Williams, 100th Communications Squadron, agreed.

"I love the competition and the squadron pride," he said. "It also helps me to stay fit because I am motivated to be better and faster than the next guy."

With up to nine different sports programs including basketball, softball, volleyball, indoor and outdoor soccer, indoor and outdoor flag-football, and others to choose from intramural sports can be a great way to enhance your fitness program and stay involved with your unit.

For more information about intramural sports contact Tech. Sgt. Dion Jordan at DSN 238-3735.