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Mini Olympians promote healthy lifestyles while enjoying Olympic Week

Morrecus, son of Master Sgt. Tiffany Jackson-Foster, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation management office superintendent, smiles after receiving a medal at the end of Olympic Day in the Youth Center during Olympic Week, June 15, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Every participant received a medal for taking part in the Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week, which was designed to promote unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

Morrecus, son of Master Sgt. Tiffany Jackson-Foster, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron transportation management office superintendent, smiles after receiving a medal at the end of Olympic Day in the Youth Center during Olympic Week, June 15, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Every participant received a medal for taking part in the Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week, which was designed to promote unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

Lillian, daughter of Staff Sgt. Jennifer Williams, 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron bioenvironmental engineering craftsman, hula-hoops in the Youth Center during Olympic Week, June 15, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Hula-hooping was part of the Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week, with the goal of promoting unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

Lillian, daughter of Staff Sgt. Jennifer Williams, 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron bioenvironmental engineering craftsman, hula-hoops in the Youth Center during Olympic Week, June 15, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Hula-hooping was part of the Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week, with the goal of promoting unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

Kairi, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Anthony Guevara, focuses her aim before she fires her bow at the archery range during Olympic Week, June 14, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Archery was part of the Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week, with the goal of promoting unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

Kairi, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Anthony Guevara, focuses her aim before she fires her bow at the archery range during Olympic Week, June 14, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Archery was part of the Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week, with the goal of promoting unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

Emma, daughter of Senior Master Sgt. Anna Keck, 23d Communications Squadron superintendent, gives Kairi, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Anthony Guevara, some final advise before she fires her bow at the archery range during Olympic Week, June 14, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Archery was part of the Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week, with the goal of promoting unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

Emma, daughter of Senior Master Sgt. Anna Keck, 23d Communications Squadron superintendent, gives Kairi, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Anthony Guevara, some final advise before she fires her bow at the archery range during Olympic Week, June 14, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Archery was part of the Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week, with the goal of promoting unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

A competitor fires from behind cover at the Splatter Swamp Paintball course during Olympic Week, June 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Paintball was part of the Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week, with the goal of promoting unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

A competitor fires from behind cover at the Splatter Swamp Paintball course during Olympic Week, June 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Paintball was part of the Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week, with the goal of promoting unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

A competitor adjusts his mask before playing paintball at the Splatter Swamp Paintball course during Olympic Week, June 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Paintball was part of the Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week, with the goal of promoting unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

A competitor adjusts his mask before playing paintball at the Splatter Swamp Paintball course during Olympic Week, June 12, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Paintball was part of the Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week, with the goal of promoting unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

Children from the Youth Center race in the pool during Olympic Week, June 13, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Swimming was part of the Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week, with the goal of promoting unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

Children from the Youth Center race in the pool during Olympic Week, June 13, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Swimming was part of the Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week, with the goal of promoting unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

Children dance as Olympic Day begins in the Youth Center during Olympic Week, June 15. 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week hosted a variety of different events such as sack races, and hula-hooping, with the goal of promoting unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

Children dance as Olympic Day begins in the Youth Center during Olympic Week, June 15. 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The Youth Center’s annual Olympic Week hosted a variety of different events such as sack races, and hula-hooping, with the goal of promoting unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

Medals rest in a pile in the Youth Center during Olympic Week, June 15, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The goal of Olympic Week was to promote unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

Medals rest in a pile in the Youth Center during Olympic Week, June 15, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The goal of Olympic Week was to promote unity and healthy lifestyles. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

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Kids dodged paintballs, splashed in the pool and more as Moody’s Youth Center hosted their annual Olympic Week here from June 12 through15.

The week featured an ensemble of different events for the 89 kids to promote unity and healthy lifestyles in an engaging way and concluded on Olympic Day, which included events such as sack races, egg and spoon races, and hula-hooping.

“It helps them realize that participation in sports regarding the Olympic cycle [isn’t] just based off of gender, your fitness ability; it’s for you to get out and have a good time,” said Ashleigh Stafford, Youth Center teen program director. “I think kids tend to lose that, and that’s one of the things that we pride ourselves on doing during the summer time is getting them outside of that, bring back social interaction, promote the physical fitness, and actually have fun with friends, even if you don’t know them.”

Shanice Myrick, Youth Center child and youth program assistant, felt with the children being military dependents, having Olympic Week was a fun way to boost their sense of unity and self-confidence.

“They’re military dependents and that’s stressful,” Myrick said. “Definitely, the two main things will be teamwork and physical activity, because we’re always trying to focus on teambuilding. Whenever you feel like you’re a part of a bigger picture, it gives you more self-confidence and that definitely helps these children with all the different struggles they have going on, because they definitely have more than most.”

Myrick felt that regardless of what activity the children were playing, for all of them there was an overall excitement and enthusiasm seen.

Nevaeh, daughter of Master Sgt. Marvin Wallace, 23rd Maintenance Group first sergeant, said she gained an appreciation for what the staff had done in promoting the healthy lifestyles in fun new ways.

“It was a lot of fun ways to exercise,” Nevaeh said. “When we did the jump rope, I felt like that was a healthy, fun way. It also gives you ideas that you can do at home and that helps you out a lot.”