As part of the Army’s annual Strong B.A.N.D.S. initiative, eight Soldiers assigned to the Fort Belvoir Warrior Transition Battalion squared off in an intense wheelchair basketball showdown, May 15 at Wells Field House. Strong B.A.N.D.S. is a fitness program designed to empower military and civilian personnel to make positive changes to their health. 

The event, hosted by Justin Fitzgerald, Fort Belvoir intramural sports coordinator, gave community members a chance to witness one of the most dynamic and fast-paced sports in the Army’s adaptive athletics program. 

Soldiers divided themselves up into four-man squads and spent the next hour engaging in a full-contact melee, which resulted in a series of scores from all over the hardwood and completely blurred the line between men’s basketball and a demolition derby. No one was hurt and everyone seemed to have fun, which was the point. 

For a complete breakdown of the activities offered during the Strong B.A.N.D.S. program, go to https://belvoir.armymwr. com/promos/2019-strong-bands. 

For more information call Charice Smith at 703-806-5589 or email charice.m.smith. naf@mail.mil.