Today, the Armed Services YMCA was happy to welcome the family of 2018 ASYMCA Essay Contest winner, Malik Adams to our headquarters in Woodbridge, Virginia! Co-sponsored by GEICO Military, the annual ASYMCA Art & Essay Contest allows children to express their military lifestyle and serves to remind us of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform, and their families, make each day for our country. Each year, the Art & Essay Contest garners hundreds of submissions from the grade school children of active duty military personnel across the country. This year’s themes, “My Day at the ASYMCA” and “My Military Family”, allowed children to express the resiliency, strength and struggles associated with being a military family. Winners of the Art & Essay Contest received an iPod touch courtesy of GEICO Military.
Malik and his family recently relocated to Woodbridge from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, following his father’s retirement after 20 years of military service. Malik used the Essay Contest as an opportunity to share what he learned through his participation in Operation Hero, an ASYMCA no-cost afterschool program tailored to the unique struggles of military children. We appreciate submissions from children like Malik, as they share their unique stories and experiences including frequent moves, parental deployment and more. Congratulations to Malik for being a 2018 Essay Contest Winner and thank you to everyone who submitted! Check out a few photos from Malik's visit below!
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The Armed Services YMCA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves active duty military members and their families. In 2017, we registered more than 250,000 participants and delivered more than 1.3 million points of services to junior enlisted Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, Coast Guardsmen and family members at 200 service centers in 18 states. Whether providing respite child care for parents in need, summer camps for kids, or assisting with emergency needs, the Armed Services YMCA is a nonprofit with a mission: Strengthening Our Military Family. Visit our website to see how you can join us in supporting military families.