To help keep athletes, staff and interns happy who live on complex the U.S.O.C. made a special deal with the Denver Nuggets and get us all half priced tickets as an Olympic Appreciation night. We ended up getting great seats and the athletes even got a private box. At half time we had a promotional movie play and they invited all the athletes down to the court. After the game as another special treat we got to go down to court after it was over and shoot hoops! It was truly a once in a life time opportunity! Other awesome events included coordinating an intern hiking trip to the mountains. We ended up with 6 people and we went to Estes Park to hike/snowshoe in the Rocky Mountain National Park. The trip could not have been more perfect! We had gorgeous weather and did some truly epic hikes to summit a mountain at 10,000 feet above sea level.
As part of our internship the intern class participates in “Intern Olympics”. This activity is held every Monday night where the 4 intern teams complete against each other in Olympic events. The activity is a big event on complex since we actually recruit athletes and coaches to teach us the sport events before we battle it out. The events so far have consisted of Water Polo, a 5K run (placed 8th out of 16) sitting volleyball (2nd) , kickball (1st), Team Handball (1st undefeated) and the making of an NCAA March madness bracket (personally placed last out of 20 haha) The best event so far has been shooting both air rifle and air pistol. I had pulled a few strings with the resident athlete shooters on complex and got some of the shooters to not only give me some pointers but give me a private lesson. The lesson worked and I actually won! There were about 20 of us that participated and I scored a 43/50 on air rifle and 45/50 on pistol! Everyone was so impressed the Paralympics shooting coach approached me after and told me I should pursue my shooting career! I guess coming from Alabama had its advantages. Look out for me in the Olympics- London 2012! The intern Olympics have been so far the best bonding experience with the intern class. Everyone really enjoys participating and the standings so far has my team in 2nd place with 3 points between 1st and 15pts in front of 3rd , unfortunately the 4th place team is behind 100 pts.