2018-04-06 / Front Page

BOSS hosts unit-wide kickball tourney

Wilson A. Rivera
Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office


Spc. Casey Richmond, left, 67th Signal Battalion, is a split-second too slow to get Sgt. Kevin Bailey, 116th Military Intelligence Brigade, out at first base. 
Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Spc. Casey Richmond, left, 67th Signal Battalion, is a split-second too slow to get Sgt. Kevin Bailey, 116th Military Intelligence Brigade, out at first base. Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Servicemembers from various Fort Gordon units and organizations gathered at the post Softball Complex to compete in the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Kickball Tournament.

Teams of 10 to 12 players each represented the different armed forces service branches in the double-elimination tournament. With the assistance of the Augusta Sports League, which organizes and hosts recreational sports leagues for adults in the Augusta and Central Savannah River Area, the Fort Gordon Directorate for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports Division offers free sports leagues on the installation.

BOSS representative for the Navy Information Operations Command Georgia, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob R. Talbott, shared the news with other Sailors about the competition. He received positive feedback and had a full team ready for competition.


Up to kick, a player with the 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Charlie Company, follows through with his kick for a high flying ball. 
Wilson Rivera / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Up to kick, a player with the 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Charlie Company, follows through with his kick for a high flying ball. Wilson Rivera / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office “I think it’s great to get close to your coworkers, come out here and get some activity done,” said Seaman Apprentice Celeste B. Garza, with NIOC Georgia. “It’s also good to get to know other people in the different armed forces branches.”

For Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin Crotinger, with NIOC Georgia, the only real exposure he experiences with Army Soldiers is when he attends the scheduled BOSS meetings in the Courtyard each Wednesday.

Teams competed according to official ASL kickball rules to include 10 infielders in a games lasting for 4 innings or 30 minutes in length. For a listing of the official rules, visit www.augustasportsleagues.com.


A base runner with 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Charlie Company, rushes back to first base after players with the 116th Military Intelligence Brigade caught a high flying kickball. 
Wilson Rivera / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office A base runner with 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Charlie Company, rushes back to first base after players with the 116th Military Intelligence Brigade caught a high flying kickball. Wilson Rivera / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office “The tournament was very well organized,” said Garza, who last played kickball in middle school. “A lot of these guys don’t have much to do, and it’s something to keep everyone occupied.”

BOSS is open to all Servicemembers to attend events and visit the BOSS Headquarters located at the Courtyard on Fort Gordon. BOSS’ focus is to enhance the quality of life and morale of single Servicemembers and increase the retention of Servicemembers, while also sustaining readiness.

To learn more about BOSS, contact a unit BOSS representative, visit www.forgordon.com, or call (706)791- 5902.

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