KOA Campground Fetes Winter Olympians
The USA Bobsled and Skeleton men’s and women’s teams, trainers, coaches and staff members recently enjoyed an evening of fun, food and entertainment at the Colorado Springs KOA Campground.
Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) is a major sponsor of the teams and partners with the team in community events and gatherings around the country, according to a news release.
Colorado Springs KOA manager Dennis Schultz hosted the group on June 17 at the request of KOA CEO Jim Rogers, who wanted to invite the team to experience the fun and relaxation of KOA’s outdoor hospitality.
“The campground is very close to Fort Carson and the USA Olympics Training facility, so we are happy to support both the local military and Olympics personnel year-round,” said Schultz.
The teams were treated to all the fun of the outdoors, KOA-style, including a full barbecue dinner. A first-year KOA Work Kamper couple, Louis and Pat Jett, provided the entertainment with their country music performance.
“We didn’t even know they had that talent,” said Schultz, “They did a great job. Now they are in charge of all the jam sessions.”
The teams also enjoyed all the activities available on the campground, including bike riding, a hayride, beanbag toss, volleyball and badminton.
KOA campers at Colorado Springs also got in on the activities. One guest provided her photography skills and the teams had photos taken with the campground guests. As often happens in the social environment at a campground, people found they had interesting things in common.
“We found out that one of the team members and I were born in the same hospital," said Schultz.
The team was shuttled to the campground on a bus, which didn’t allow room for them to bring the bobsled. Schultz said they promised to send him autographed photos of them with the bobsled that features the bright yellow KOA logo on the front.
“We’re looking forward to putting those pictures up here at the campground. I told them we’ll host them for another party anytime,” said Schultz.
Colorado Springs KOA Also Hosts Military Families
Because of their proximity to Fort Carson, the Colorado Springs KOA also is a popular place for military families to welcome home returning soldiers and see off those who’ve been called into action.
“We have a lot of photos up of the military families who frequently visit us,” said Schultz. “We have a family staying with us right now whose son is just returning from his fifth tour in Afghanistan. There is a big influx of military personnel being stationed at Fort Carson now and there is not enough housing for them, so many are buying RVs and staying here at the KOA. This campground has been an important part of the Fort Carson area for a long time. I’ve met several retired military men who say they remember this campground from when they were young and stationed at Fort Carson.”
KOA and USA Bobsled Team Volunteer at Montana Special Olympic State Games
KOA also brought USA Olympic Bobsled Team member and gold medalist Curtis Tomasevicz to Billings, Mont., in May to participate in the Special Olympics of Montana State Games. A large number of KOA Home Office employees from Billings also volunteered.
“He did a wonderful job, and the Special Olympic athletes were thrilled to have a real Olympic athlete at their Games,” said KOA Vice President Mike Gast. “We are proud to be an official major sponsor of the USA Olympic Bobsled and Skeleton Team. It’s great fun, and it really makes us part of the Games.”