‘Extreme Summer’ gets participants involved

Betsy Allen
435th Services Squadron

***image1***U.S. Air Forces in Europe and 435th Services Squadron present the annual Extreme Summer program, which provides opportunities for KMC adults and youths to get involved in new activities for a memorable summer.
The program runs June 1 to Aug. 31, and “it offers an ‘Olympics’ theme, gold medal-winning athletes, tickets to the Olympic Summer Games in Athens, Greece, and more than $150,000 in other incredible prizes, plus, thousands of fun events for everyone,” said USAFE Marketing Director Mandy Smith-Nethercott.
According to Miriam-Webster’s online dictionary, “extreme” means “exceeding the ordinary, usual or expected.” So those wanting to exceed the ordinary this summer, should register for Extreme Summer 2004. Early registration begins Monday; interested participants can register online at www.extremesummer.com.
Register before May 31 to qualify for early enrollment prizes, including a chance to win a trip for four to Air Force Recreation Center’s Garmisch Resort, tickets to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, or racing tickets to the Formula 1 German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring. Participants receive 50 points free when signing up during early enrollment.
In addition to cool prizes and a host of summer activities, “Extreme Summer affords the opportunity to meet and interact with role models throughout the summer,” said Mrs. Smith-Nethercott. Olympic medalists Apolo Ohno and Dara Torres, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and NASCAR Nextel driver Ernie Irvan are scheduled to make stops in Kaiserslautern. For meeting these role models, points can be earned.
Mrs. Smith-Nethercott said, “Participants can earn points in a number of other ways as well: participate in a fitness center fun run, attend a concert, take a trip or volunteer to coach youth sports.”
For a list of this year’s activities and the points associated with each one, log on to the Extreme Summer Web site or visit Extreme Summer Headquarters at 435th SVS Youth Programs, libraries and community centers.
At program’s end, the top three percent of participants, based on total points, will qualify for the grand prize drawing. Youth and teen grand prize winners receive an all-expense-paid trip for up to four people to Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort.
Adult grand prize winners in each category receive round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, rental cars and VIP tickets to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the ultimate NASCAR racing experience. Winners will visit the pits, meet drivers and be treated to VIP seating at one of the hottest races on the NASCAR Nextel circuit.
All active duty military, Department of Defense civilians and their family members 8 and older can now participate in Extreme Summer.
There will be four competition categories: youth 8 to 12; teens 13 to 18; E-1s to E-5s and their spouses; and a category for E-6s to E-9s, all officers, civilians and their spouses.
For more information, visit http://www.extremesummer.com or visit one of the Extreme Summer Headquarters.