Commanders Cup Program encourages camaraderie, respect among Soldiers
By Gerald Williams, Bayonet & Saber /
The Commanders Cup softball league moved into the playoff season with the 14th Combat Support Hospital squaring off against the 316th Cavalry Brigade July 7.
Families and friends from both units gathered to watch their teams compete for a chance to advance to the next round.
“Growing up, my dad was in the Navy. He played on his ship’s softball team. I remember going to all of his softball games with other kids playing tag and just being a kid. I like that my daughter is having the same experience,” said Brad Mustache, B Company, 14th Combat Support Hospital.
Shouts from wives, children and friends encouraged the competitors, despite the sweltering 94 degree heat.
“It might be a competition, but at the end of the day we are just having fun. Games like these are great opportunities to meet new people,” said McCord Campbell, 14th Combat Support Hospital.
“It’s important for morale. It gives us … a chance to work together as a team and build up camaraderie that we wouldn’t normally get during regular missions,” said Mustache.
In the end, 14th CSH slugged their way past the 316th Cavalry Brigade, 14-5.
“The team played really well today. We got some good runs in and everyone had a great time. Being able to participate in these games is important because it lets active-duty Soldiers let go from the work environment and have fun with their friends,” said Greg Majewsky, 14th Combat Support Hospital and coach of the unit.
The Commanders Cup Program is a curriculum of sports events for Soldiers on Fort Benning who want to participate in recreational activities such as hockey, basketball, softball, volleyball and golf.
Teams can be formed from any Fort Benning unit and seasons run throughout the year. The beginning of the year starts off with basketball, followed by soccer, softball and volleyball.
Points are awarded for teams that participate and teams who place well in their games. Teams that win at least half of their games will go on to compete in the championship. The unit who wins gets a Commanders Cup banner hung up in Smith Gym for their unit.
For more information on the Commanders Cup Program, or to register for next season’s sport, call Willie Spann, sports coordinator for the Commanders Cup Program, at 706-984-1994.