By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jenna Kaliszewski, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs
NORFOLK (May 16, 2014) – Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) attended a Norfolk Tides baseball game at Harbor Park, May 15.
Cmdr. Jeff Craig, executive officer of TR, threw out the first pitch of the game between the Tides and Louisville Bats.
Hull Technician 3rd Class Matthew Rogers, from Hayward, Calif., with TR’s Engineering Department Repair division, sang the national anthem, while TR’s color guard presented the flag.
TR’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) team organized the event.
“It’s important to have events like this because everyone has been working very hard, and it’s a chance for them to hang out with their fellow Sailors in a fun, recreational way,” said Megan Villapudua, TR’s fun boss.
Nearly 1,000 Sailors came out with their families, friends and shipmates to see the game.
“Our whole division is here,” said Lt. j.g. Quinn Johnson from Newark, N.J., with Supply Department’s S-4 division. “It’s good camaraderie and a chance to relax in-between such a stressful operational period.”
“It’s a nice day for a game,” said Seaman Kassandra Benson from Las Vegas, with Deck Department’s 2nd division. “It’s fun. I’m getting to know my shipmates a little better.”
Sailors can look forward to opportunities to attend more events the MWR team has been planning, including a command picnic later this summer.