The 2014 Special Olympics took place in the District of Columbia this year from May 20-22. Military Day was held on the 21st, a day when servicemembers have the chance to volunteer and partner with competing athletes in a 400-meter relay. The teams combined two military personnel with two athletes, each wearing T-shirts designating their represented branch. At the conclusion of the race, team Army finished in first place, followed by the Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and then the Navy.

After the relay, athletes competed in various track and field events, including classic disciplines such as shot put and the long jump, as well as events like the softball and tennis ball throw.

"All of the athletes really brought their A games today," said Command Sgt. Maj. David O. Turnbull, Army relay teammate. "This was a great opportunity to support these wonderful athletes and give them a chance to be a part of the team by representing a military service."

For military personnel, whether active members or those transitioning to life after service, Military Day is an opportunity to volunteer by partnering with intellectually disabled individuals for this 400-meter relay. The event is lighthearted and fun for everyone involved, though the military and federal employees help to heighten the competitive air of the event. The Special Olympics, founded in 1968, have showcased the fitness, courage and teamwork of participating individuals for many years. Participating in the Special Olympics program can improve the quality of life, health and life skills of intellectually disabled individuals, which stimulates academic and employment achievement.

"Overall, this is a very rewarding program as a volunteer or as someone participating in an event," said Turnbull. "All the service members and sprinters did an amazing job in the relay. It was great to see these athletes excel while [having] a great time."