Great Navy Campout:
Navy MWR Programs that you can partner with include:
Since 2015, the Great Navy Campout has encouraged thousands of military members and their families to get outdoors and camp! The goal is to inspire Sailors and their family members to reconnect with nature and wildlife over the summer by participating in installation MWR camping events worldwide between June and September. More than 50 installations participated in 2019.
MWR Summer Reading Program:
The Navy Summer Reading Program began in 2010 as an initiative to encourage students to read during the summer and help families bridge the "summer learning gap" while inspiring literacy and lifelong learning. Installations worldwide hold a variety of activities and events in support of the Summer Reading Program between June and September. Sixty installations participated in 2019 and 10,215 patrons enrolled.
Navy Entertainment "Let Freedom Ring Tour":
The Navy Entertainment program provides quality, live entertainment to our military members and their families stationed overseas. The program presents more than 300 shows annually. In July, Navy Entertainment brings professional bands to the Middle East, Europe and Japan to celebrate the Fourth of July during the “Let Freedom Ring” concert series. The series includes nine shows that attract thousands of Sailors and their family members.
Through their annual SPLASH campaign, the MWR Fitness Program educates parents and youth on swimming pool safety and the dangers associated with unsupervised swimming. The SPLASH campaign focuses on six key principles: stay within arm’s reach (adult supervision is the first line of defense); protect your non-swimmers (inflatable floats and devices are not designed to save your child); learn to swim (Navy MWR provides swim lessons for all ages); assess swim skills (proper skills assessment is vital); swim safely (youth non-swimmers and swimmers must remain in their designated areas); and hang it up (no tweet, text or phone call is worth risking a child’s life) to reduce the likelihood of drowning.
- Navy MWR Fitness, Sports and Aquatics: Includes 93 operational pools and 139 fitness facilities located on 71 Navy installations. In addition, Navy MWR aquatics facilities offer swim lessons, family fitness programming, aquatics fitness classes, and command training support. Navy gyms and fitness centers are the most frequently visited on-base MWR facilities. More than 12 million military community members use our fitness, sports and aquatics facilities on an annual basis.
All-Navy Sports: All-Navy teams participate in the Department of Defense's Sports Program and compete in the Armed Forces Championships against teams from the Marine Corps, Army and Air Force. Sports include cross country, wrestling, soccer, volleyball, bowling, triathlon, basketball, rugby, golf, softball and marathon.
Air Shows: Since 1946, the Blue Angels have represented the Navy and Marine Corps to audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad to showcase the excitement and power of naval aviation. When the Blue Angels come to town, be ready for a great air show! An estimated 11 million spectators view the squadron during air shows held from March through November each year.
Navy Wounded Warrior: NWW is the Navy’s sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and providing resources and support to their families and caregivers. Regional non-medical care providers tailor support to each enrolled service member’s recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration needs. The program allows service members and their families to focus on recovery without distractions. To date, 7,004 seriously wounded, ill and injured service members located throughout the country have received assistance from NWW. Sponsors can expect that 100% of their support will help the program execute and enhance their mission of serving our wounded warriors, their families and caregivers.
Warrior Care Month: November is Warrior Care Month. It was established in 2007 when former Secretary of Defense Robert F. Gates declared it would be a “Department of Defense effort aimed at increasing awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill and injured service members, their families, and those who care for them.” Each November, NWW releases a robust national advertising campaign and hosts special events on Navy installations worldwide to increase awareness of the NWW support services available to our nation’s heroes and their caregivers.
- Team Navy on the Road to the DoD Warrior Games: The Department of Defense (DoD) Warrior Games are held each year and hosted by one of the armed service branches. The 2020 DoD Warrior Games will be held Sept. 21-28 in San Antonio, Texas. About 265 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans representing teams from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) will participate in the competition. Teams include active-duty service members and veterans with upper-body, lower-body, and spinal cord injuries; traumatic brain injuries; visual impairment; serious illnesses; and post-traumatic stress disorder. They will compete in archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing, and powerlifting events. In preparation for the DoD Warrior Games, NWW athletes will compete in organized camps and trials held on Navy installations across the country.
Navy Gold Star: The Navy's official program for providing long-term support to surviving families of Sailors who die while on active duty.
Bells Across America: Navy installations throughout the nation will participate in Bells Across America for Fallen Service Members ceremonies in September to honor those who died while on active duty. The ceremonies are held in association with Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, which is observed on the last Sunday in September. This allows the military community a chance to honor and remember the sacrifices of our fallen heroes and their loved ones left behind.