TAMUK athletes honor veterans

A TAMUK defender (yellow shirt) rushes and the NASK team snaps the ball in a Nov. 6 flag football game at Javelina Stadium. 

Texas A&M University Kingsville athletes spent much of the week before Veterans Day hosting a number of events for NAS Kingsville personnel.

The week started Monday, Nov. 4, with a tour of the base for eight athletes from various sports. The visit included a look at the flight training simulators used by student pilots and the air traffic control radar room and tower.

The athletes then went to the base library, where they read books to children from the Child Development Center.

The day ended with a bowling challenge by the Junior Enlisted Association at the base’s Stars and Strikes bowling alley.

On Tuesday, TAMUK hosted NAS Kingsville’s Sailor 360 Softball team in what turned out to be a spectacular event.  

ACC Ricky Fryar began the game with an in-field homerun and RBI to set the stage for a close seesaw battle through the bottom of the third inning.

Then dramatic plays by first baseman Fryar, second baseman AC1 Thomas Vannetta, third baseman Matt Watson along with remarkable teamwork and outstanding play by outfielders ACC Mike Thomas, ABFC Joe Mathews, AC2 Nikie Sao and Lt. j.g. Shawn Murray and catcher ABF2 Morgan Knettle proved too much for the Javelina players – ending in a 7-3 victory for the Navy team.  

“The TAMUK players were great, came to play ball and showed huge spirit,” said NCC Louie Beasley, NAS Kingsville’s Sailor 360 Coordinator.

Sailor 360 is a new program that improves professional and personal cooperation amongst all paygrades while developing community relations.

Wednesday evening, TAMUK athletes got their revenge as they hosted NAS Kingsville’s Sailor 360 Flag Football team.

The TAMUK Athletic Department held a luncheon for NASK personnel and all veterans on Thursday, wrapping up this year’s Veterans Day events.

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