Twentynine Palms -- Marine Corps Community Services Sports kicked off the 2016 Intermural Tackle Football League with a Football Jamboree at Felix Field, Sept. 14.
“This event is held annually and functions as our pre-season game,” said George Schadgg, sports specialist, MCCS Sports. “It’s allows our staff, the officials and the players, to see how everything is going to work during the regular season.”
Five units comprised of four teams participated in the one-night event. Headquarters Battalion, 1st Tank Battalion and Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 made up individual teams while Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms joined with Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School to form a team of their own. Each team got a feel for the structure by playing two halves.
“It’s cool to meet new people from different sections and build on that brotherhood,” said Cpl. Rafael Fernandez Jr., special intelligence system administrator, G-6 Communication and Information Systems, Headquarters Battalion. “You’ve got officers, you’ve got staff non-commissioned officers, you’ve got warrant officers and you can learn from them on and off the field.”
The regular season will start next week and continues through the end of October. During that time, the four participating teams will have the opportunity to play against each other twice. As of now the Combat Center and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton are the only bases in the Marine Corps where MCCS coordinates tackle football leagues.
“I think facilitating these events is very important because it gives the Marines and sailors an opportunity to blow off steam in a controlled environment,” Schadgg said. “As long as we’re able to hold a tackle football season we’re going to keep doing it. It’s a lot of work but it’s fun to watch and it’s fun to see the service members enjoying themselves.”