Schriever 4-H Club students train with Army World Class athletes

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  • By Airman 1st Class Aaron Edwards
  • Peterson Schriever Garrison Public Affairs

Soldiers from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program visited the Schriever Space Force Base indoor track to teach sports at a Schriever 4-H STEM Club training camp at SSFB, Colorado, Nov. 12, 2021.

The Schriever 4-H STEM Club is for military-connected students ages 8 – 18.

The WCAP Soldiers taught students the fundamentals of target shooting, boxing, taekwondo and track. After the training portion of the event, students had an opportunity to get autographs and pictures taken with the athletes.

WCAP Soldiers are given an amazing opportunity to serve their country in uniform while training and competing throughout the year to represent the United States and the U.S. Army in the Olympic Games. They compete in a variety of sports such as baseball, boxing, cycling, modern pentathlon, rugby sevens, shooting, taekwondo, track and field, bobsledding and wrestling.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Naomi Graham was the first female active-duty service member to box for the U.S. when she competed in the women’s 75 kg boxing category during the 2020 Olympic Games.

According to the Army WCAP website, “Being a Soldier-athlete means everything to me,” said Graham.

She was also one of the soldiers to teach students during the 4-H training camp.

“I get to show what a leader looks like. I get to mentor on both sides and people look up to me on both sides. I feel I have knowledge to share on both sides that can help someone in the future,” said Graham.

 Ruth Moore, SSFB School Liaison, coordinated and set up the WCAP training day for the 4-H STEM Club students.

“I wanted to provide the military-connected students an opportunity to meet the WCAP Soldiers because they provide positive role models, and motivate students to get active and live a healthy life style,” said Moore.

Aside from of the athletes’ numerous achievements and medals, these WCAP Soldiers can add the accomplishment of training and mentoring Schriever’s youth to their lists of successes.