Buckley volunteers tackle teamwork and anti-bullying
By Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 21, 2013
AURORA, Colo. -- About 30 Team Buckley members teamed up with Denver Bronco Wesley Woodyard's 16Ways Foundation to show more than 200 children the fundamentals of football all while pushing the importance of teamwork and anti-bullying at a football camp May 18 at the Aurora Public Stadium.
Volunteers coached and cheered on children between the ages of 8 and 14 through 11 different drills. Drills focused on everything to form tackling, catching, quick feet, endurance and several other techniques.
Staff Sgt. David Chavez, 460th Medical Group, said it's important for military members to get out and support the community that so often supports us. He said it's important to get out there and show we genuinely care about helping out.
The non-profit organization recognizes the educational, emotional, physical and social needs for at-risk youth. The foundation's primary focus is to work with at-risk youth between the ages of 8 and 18, with a secondary focus on adults in employment transition. They organize workshops, seminars, camps and other activities designed to build self-esteem, promote responsibility, overcome obstacles, stress the importance of academics, promote educational and professional development, and promote volunteerism and community service.
The camp was also meant to show the importance of teamwork and to fight against bullying.
"We founded 16Ways a little over three years ago, and basically we work with the kids and youth at risk in the community," said Woodyard. "Now we're taking a stand on anti-bullying."
Woodyard said he wants to show children there are people in the community who care about them and will stand behind them. Everybody encounters someone in their life who tries to knock them down or belittle them.
Chavez thought the anti-bullying push was important and a good idea. He reiterated that at some point everybody has been bullied. He said this was a good opportunity to showcase the Air Force's Wingman concept and show Airmen always have each others' backs.
"This re-energizes my life. This is what it's all about. I remember when I went to my first football camp and seeing NFL guys. It gives you that feeling that if you dream big things can happen," he said.