Winners receive Commander’s Sports Trophy during ceremony

Betsy Allen
435th Services Sqaudron

***image1***The 735th Civil Engineer Squadron and U.S. Air Forces in Europe Regional Supply Squadron won the Commander’s Sports Trophy for 2003.
The 435th Services Squadron fitness centers coordinate this event annually and the awards go to two teams who have competitively participated in the year’s intramural leagues. Col. Michael Aeillo, 435th Air Base Wing vice commander, presented this year’s awards Jan. 28.
One trophy is awarded to the National League winner, unit strength 151 members or more, and one trophy is awarded to the American League winner, unit strength 150 members or less.
The National League Champion for the second year in a row is the 735th Civil Engineer Squadron. “This unit accumulated 147 total points edging out the nearest opponent, 568th Security Forces Squadron, by two points,” said Isaac Melendez, 435th SVS intramural sports director.
Participating in seven of the 12 sporting events offered, the “735th CES participated in all seven championships post season playoffs and took the intramural basketball championship title,” said Mr. Melendez.
735th CES Commander Lt. Col. Brent Adams, First Sergeant Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Purtle and Fitness and Sports Unit Representative Tech. Sgt. Fenton Fitzgerald were present to accept the trophy.
“The URSS earned the American League title by accumulating 168 total points and beating the nearest opponent, 86th Operations Support Squadron, by 20 points,” said Mr. Melendez.
The squadron has won the Commander’s Sports Trophy for four consecutive years. They participated in seven of the 12 sporting events offered and captured the base championship title in the Cross Country and Over-30 Basketball leagues. In addition to this, URSS placed second in the base championship for racquetball and women’s softball. Executive Officer Maj. Mark Meyer accepted the award.
Teams earn points throughout the season to win this award. Ten points are earned for teams entering an intramural sport and completing the season. Teams also earn points for their final league rankings and for finishing in the top three in the base championships. Points are determined based on the number of teams in each league. Finally, six points are earned for attending each Quarterly Fitness Sports Advisory Council meeting.
According to the 435th SVS fitness centers’ ports constitution, the Air Force Fitness and Sports Program contributes to readiness and improves productivity by promoting fitness, esprit de corps and quality of life for the Air Force people. The primary purpose of the Commander’s Sports Trophy is to promote participation in the intramural sports program and to recognize the unit(s) that lead the way. The trophy is awarded annually to the unit accumulating the most points during the period Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.