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US Army War College students win Jim Thorpe Sports days

☷US Army War College students win Jim Thorpe Sports days

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   Crowd cheers at closing ceremonies as US Army War College receive Jim Thorpe Sports Days trophy , April 30 . Col . Whitney Jensen , an USAWC student , and her twin sister Lt . Col . Asheleigh Gellner , a Navy War College student , competed together in the 5k race during Jim Thorpe Sports Days , April 30 . There were team events champions and an overall winner . Air Force won soccer , bowling , golf , and volleyball . Army won softball , skeet and trap , basketball , one mile relay ( men and women ) and functional fitness . USAWC students won the...... overall competition , keeping the Jim Thorpe trophy at home . Although winning is rewarding , students took away much more . “It is exciting , especially for me as an Air Force guy at the Army War College playing against my Air Force brethren , it makes it that much sweeter . It really shows our jointness . Jim Thorpe Sports Days brings together all the war colleges which is how we operate when we are on the battlefield , ” said USAWC Lt . Col . Jerome Rogers . Army Col . Whitney Jensen , an USAWC student , and her twin sister , a Naval War College student , competed together in the 5k race . "We have done a lot of events together but having this shared war college experience of competing while representing our services and military schools was a great end to a great year , " said Army National Guard Lt . Col . Asheleigh Gellner . “The thing that I think is neat about Jim Thorpe Sports Days is the number of team sports . The collaboration and cooperation that comes from all the team environments is the real shining star . It is awesome to be able to come out here and have a friendly competition with all the international partners that we’re used to being with on the battlefield , " said Air War College student Christopher Michele . ___________________________________________________________ After a two - year hiatus , the Army War College hosted the Jim Thorpe Sports Days . While Covid - 19 may have disrupted the past two years of this annual event , participants were excited to get back in the games . "I am just excited to be back and playing sports again , " said USAWC student Air Force Lt . Col . Joseph Sundy about participating in this year ' s JTSD event . The Games opened with special guest Brig . Gen . Joane Mathews , Deputy Adjutant General for the Wisconsin National Guard . A 2011 graduate of the Army War College , she was a member of the winning Jim Thorpe running team in 2011 . As a Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe woman , she helped celebrate Jim Thorpe’s legacy of fitness , discipline and teamwork , all of which were exemplified during the JTSD events . Matthews participated in the opening ceremony at the grandstand at Carlisle Barracks` Thursday , April 28 at 5 p . m . She was joined by Maj . Gen . David Hill , U . S . Army War College Commandant , and leaders from each service school . The events concluded on Saturday , April 30 , The opening ceremony featured the ROTC color guard from Cumberland Valley High School , an Olympic - style walk - on with the athletes of every school , a torch relay lap around the track , and the lighting of the cauldron . The men ' s and women ' s one - mile relay team competition on the Indian Field track followed the torch lighting . Four other senior Service schools were in competition with the Army War College: Air War College , Naval War College , National Defense University , and the Eisenhower School of National Security . They competed in various sports: running , cycling , basketball , soccer , skeet/ trap shooting , golf , tennis , volleyball , bowling , softball – and functional fitness . USAWC won the most sporting events , receiving the Commandant ' s Cup . This was the 41st inter - service school JTSD games , an event named for the famous athlete Jim Thorpe . Jim Thorpe was a Native American Olympian , professional athlete , and arguably the most outstanding American athlete of all time . Thorpe was a student of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School - - a Bureau of Indian Affairs institution on the grounds of Carlisle Barracks from 1879 to 1918 .


06 May 2022 ( May 06 2022 )



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