By Sgt Mooney Christopher C, Apache Company, 1-23 Inf, 3-2 SBCT, I CORPS, JBLM
The ground is cold, covered in frost. From beneath their masks their breath turns into mist, visible to the spectators in the stands. The metal of their markers biting into their hands from the cold. The only thing you will find under those masks is smiling faces, this is the Ninja Kings paintball tournament and these players of all ages have been waiting for just this moment!
Hosted by Carlos Rodriguez and the Seattle Ninjas professional paintball team this event is part of Washington State’s premier paintball series: Ninjaball. Players have been asking for a winter event and Carlos and his crew have provided just that. On December 7th 2013 teams from all over Washington State will gather at Operation Paintball Field to play in this event.
With divisions in both 5 and 4 the hosts have also put in an elite division for this event. Supported by GI Sportz through their local representative: BW Dunn and the Operation Paintball Field this event is proving to be quite exciting.
Another exciting aspect of this tournament is a booth setup on the sidelines, a booth dedicated to helping service members. This is the US Army All Stars Paintball Team’s Fisher House Organization fundraiser display booth.
In cooperation with H&K army paintball company, The Fisher House Organization and JBLM Fisher House the All Stars Have released a fundraising Jersey to help raise money for this great organization. For those of you that do not know the Fisher House organization helps soldiers and their families during times of great stress, Sadly when the service member has been injured and the family needs to be by their side.
The Fisher House Organization provides housing to these families during their loved ones recovery from the injury. The organization is funded by donation and the US Army All Stars is stepping up to help.
With over 50 paintball players plus spectators coming to this event it is a great way to reveal to the paintball community this awesome fundraiser. The average speedball tournament paintball player spends over $1000 on gear alone and about $200 per event. When people are willing to part with that much money for a hobby why not hold a fundraiser to see if they’re willing to help out a service member who has served on their behalf with honor and have been injured?
By bringing attention to the paintball community and the community at large of this amazing organization the US Army AllStars are hoping to raise enough money to make a difference, to give back to those who served.
Banners, flyers and local JBLM Fisher House volunteers will be present at the event along with volunteers from the JBLM Phoenix paintball team. US Army All Stars local representatives Sergeant Christopher Carroll Mooney and Specialist Lonnie Austin will not only be manning the booth and helping people to understand what we’re trying to do, They will also be taking part in the tournament as a part of JBLM Phoenix showcasing the new fundraiser jerseys.
The JBLM local newspaper ‘The Ranger’ is also covering the event, helping to bring more media attention to this awesome fundraiser. The story hits newspaper stands on December 5th 2013.
A little about the US Army AllStars paintball team: Currently run and organized by SSG Jeff Munoz the team traces its roots back to the Army AllStars paintball team stationed in Korea. The team would play local Korean teams as well as other US service members building a community of friendly competition.
When the team separated and went to different assignments the AllStars lived on, Recruiting service members from the army with outstanding character and moral courage. Only service members who live the Army Values and represent the Army in a positive light Are forwarded the opportunity to join the US Army AllStars paintball team.
The team is dedicated to representing the US Army, the paintball community and the military community in a positive light across the nation. The team trains hard and takes part in both local events and at the PSP( Paintball Sports Promotions ) event 2013 World Cup. Although we are not funded by the US Army directly we have the support of local MWR( Morale Welfare and Recreation) facilities across the nation.
It is our desire to help both local and nationwide military programs that aid our service members in their time of need. We are grateful for all the support the we receive from JBLM Fisher House, Seattle Ninjas Paintball Team, Paintball Inc, Operation Paintball Field, Seventh Element Inc, Wounded Warrior Program, HK Army Paintball Company, PB Fashion, Team Beat Cover Boys.