The 35th Fighter Wing held its 34th annual Special Olympics event at Misawa Air Base, Japan on April 2, 2022.
The base had seven schools in the Tohoku area, including its own Sollars Elementary School and Edgren Middle High School, which participated in games, demonstrations and lunches.
The Misawa 2022 Special Olympics also had the participation of Misawa City Mayor Yoshinori Kohiyama and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Major General Takahiro Kubota, Commander of the 3rd Air Wing, as well as d other Misawa community leaders to support the event.
For over 30 years, Misawa Air Base has had the privilege of hosting this event with the sponsorship of the Japan-American Air Force Goodwill Association.
The ceremony began with a parade inside Hangar 911, followed by a presentation of taiko drums, a donation and a thank-you ceremony that led to a torch-lighting relay for the start of the games.
“I want to express my sincere gratitude to the athletes, their managers and staff for accepting the invitation to participate in this event,” said the Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Scott Bradbury, 35th Maintenance Group senior enlisted leader. “Events like this, where we can come together and build a stronger relationship, are key to strengthening the bonds of our two communities.”
Games such as bowling, the 50-meter race, the quarterback throw and an obstacle course were available for the athletes.
Other demonstrations such as a zumba performance, a K-9 demonstration and the Sollars Dancing Dragons performance all took place culminating in the presentation of medals to the athletes.
“Each of these fine athletes has worked hard to prepare for this special day, and they are looking forward to showing off their abilities in today’s games,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Timothy Murphy, vice- Commander of the 35th Fighter Wing. “We strive to challenge all the issues and concerns we face every day to create a better world by fostering acceptance and inclusion for all. We can become stronger together.