Story Number: NNS140203-01Release Date: 2/3/2014 7:05:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Bounome Chanphouang, USS Theodore Roosevelt Public Affairs
USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors celebrated Super Bowl XLVIII while underway aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), Feb. 2.
Sailors gathered for food and drinks, pregame competitions and the game, which was projected on a big screen in the ship's hangar bay.
"I'm happy to be out here watching the game with all of my fellow aviation ordnancemen and playing spades," said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Shanice Houser. "Seattle Seahawks all day."
Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) along with the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) coordinated the event, and Supply department's S-2 division provided a feast which included meatballs, jalapeno poppers and wings. The Second Class Petty Officer Association took over food service assistant (FSA) duties, so the FSA's could enjoy the game.
"I enjoyed everything provided by the Second Class Petty Officer Association, CSADD and MWR," said Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Carlos Green. "The sumo wrestling was very entertaining. Overall it was a great thing that they provided. It was very entertaining and nice to come out and see the camaraderie between us Sailors. We have to have something enjoyable for the Sailors after being out to sea for three weeks straight."
Sailors also took part in a bean bag toss competition and dressed up for some mock sumo wrestling.
"It's been a long underway with a lot going on," said Megan Villapudua, Theodore Roosevelt's MWR fun boss. "We wanted to make it different instead of just having the Sailors watch the game in their rooms or offices. We wanted to bring them out to unwind after working so hard with qualifications."
Theodore Roosevelt is underway conducting training in preparation for future deployments.
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