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Schriever 4-H Club students train with Army World Class athletes

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Bowsher, Army WCAP shooting team Captain, teaches students from the Schriever 4-H Club target-shooting at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 12, 2021. During a laser run in a modern pentathlon event, contestants use laser pistols to shoot beams of light at their target instead of a traditional pistol that fires a projectile. (U.S. Space Force photo by Lekendrick Stallworth)

SCHRIEVER SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. – U.S. Army Sgt. David Kim, Army World Class Athlete, teaches students from the Schriever 4-H Club taekwondo at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 12, 2021. Ruth Moore, SSFB School Liaison, coordinated and set up the World Class Athlete Program training day to help students stay healthy and active. (U.S. Space Force photo by Lekendrick Stallworth)

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Naomi Graham, Army World Class Athlete, teaches students from the Schriever 4-H Club boxing at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 12, 2021. The Army World Class Athlete Program allows top-ranked Soldier-athletes to perform at the international level while also serving their nation in the military. Their members train and compete throughout the year and aim for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. (U.S. Space Force photo by Lekendrick Stallworth)

SCHRIEVER SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Naomi Graham, Army World Class Athlete, teaches students from the Schriever 4-H Club boxing at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 12, 2021. The Army World Class Athlete Program allows top-ranked Soldier-athletes to perform at the international level while also serving their nation in the military. Their members train and compete throughout the year and aim for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. (U.S. Space Force photo by Lekendrick Stallworth)

U.S. Army Sgt. David Kim, Army World Class Athlete, teaches students from the Schriever 4-H Club taekwondo at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 12, 2021. Ruth Moore, SSFB School Liaison, coordinated and set up the World Class Athlete Program training day to help students stay healthy and active. (U.S. Space Force photo by Lekendrick Stallworth)

SCHRIEVER SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. – U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Bowsher, Army WCAP shooting team Captain, teaches students from the Schriever 4-H Club target-shooting at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 12, 2021. During a laser run in a modern pentathlon event, contestants use laser pistols to shoot beams of light at their target instead of a traditional pistol that fires a projectile. (U.S. Space Force photo by Lekendrick Stallworth)

SCHRIEVER SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Soldiers from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program visited the Schriever Space Force Base indoor track to teach sports at a Schriever 4-H STEM Club training camp at SSFB, Colorado, Nov. 12, 2021.

The Schriever 4-H STEM Club is for military-connected students ages 8 – 18.

The WCAP Soldiers taught students the fundamentals of target shooting, boxing, taekwondo and track. After the training portion of the event, students had an opportunity to get autographs and pictures taken with the athletes.

WCAP Soldiers are given an amazing opportunity to serve their country in uniform while training and competing throughout the year to represent the United States and the U.S. Army in the Olympic Games. They compete in a variety of sports such as baseball, boxing, cycling, modern pentathlon, rugby sevens, shooting, taekwondo, track and field, bobsledding and wrestling.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Naomi Graham was the first female active-duty service member to box for the U.S. when she competed in the women’s 75 kg boxing category during the 2020 Olympic Games.

According to the Army WCAP website, “Being a Soldier-athlete means everything to me,” said Graham.

She was also one of the soldiers to teach students during the 4-H training camp.

“I get to show what a leader looks like. I get to mentor on both sides and people look up to me on both sides. I feel I have knowledge to share on both sides that can help someone in the future,” said Graham.

 Ruth Moore, SSFB School Liaison, coordinated and set up the WCAP training day for the 4-H STEM Club students.

“I wanted to provide the military-connected students an opportunity to meet the WCAP Soldiers because they provide positive role models, and motivate students to get active and live a healthy life style,” said Moore.

Aside from of the athletes’ numerous achievements and medals, these WCAP Soldiers can add the accomplishment of training and mentoring Schriever’s youth to their lists of successes.

 

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