Fort Benning

Field Day with 1,000 competitors held at Fort Benning

About 1,000 children from the region are expected Friday for the second annual Fort Benning Field Day for exceptional children in the tri-community.

Hosted by the Directorate of Family and Morale, the event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. on York and Stewart-Watson fields and Smith Fitness Center on Eckel Avenue. York Field is located in front of McGinnis-Wickam Hall.

Competitors from Fort Benning schools and home schooled families, including Chattahoochee, Harris, Lee, Muscogee and Russell counties.

The events represents Fort Benning and MWR’s commitment to caring for soldiers, families and outreach to the community. Those competing in the event are ages 3 to 21, with many hearing or vision impaired. Some activities include 25 meter dash, tennis ball throw, basketball shoot, lawn bowling, inflatable obstacle course, 100 meter race and 50-yard race. There also will be a standing long jump, soccer shoot, bowling and bocce ball.

For those using a wheelchair, events include 25-meter dash, 25-meter kickball carry, bowling with a kickball and bean bag target toss.

The Field Day is free and open to the public.

For more information about attending or taking part in the activities, call 706-545-6811 or 706-545-1853. Volunteers also are needed for the event.----