On January 24 2018, Bob Stevenson, Principal at Beall Elementary, welcomed JTF back for a second team building event with his teachers and staff during their professional development day. JTF provided activities geared toward demonstrating the importance of communication and working together as a team. Also, the activities gave the staff an opportunity to have fun and get some physical activity. JTF enjoys using our experience from military and government to provide unique activities to teams and organizations to improve cohesion, communication, and cooperation.
On July 10th, 2017, JTF held a free day camp for local children featuring former NFL star Santonio Holmes and current United States Para Olympic Bobsledder, Jason Strum. The camp ran from 9-3:30 at the Frostburg Armory and Baseball Field. A total of 42 children from Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania attended the camp. The athletes provided mentor sessions on how they became athletes, the hard work it takes to stay in shape, and nutrition of athletes. Additionally, the athletes and children had multiple sessions of outdoor play with activities provided by the Joint Training Facility and Jump Around LLC. The camp was made possible due to generous donations of community partners from the Savage River Lodge, Byco Enterprises, Subway Frostburg Plaza, Chick-fil-A Country Club Mall, Advanced Disposal, and Jump Around LLC.
The owners of a planned sports facility in Grantsville want to give you a chance to be a part of it. Joint Training Facility owners Michael Mc Closkey and Ronda Johnson are working to raise funds for the JTF which would bring sports tourism opportunities to the region. They have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise the 1.5 million dollars needed for the JTF. They say this is a way for veterans to support veterans and for members of the community to be a part of the project. Once the funds are raised they will start with phase one the Joint Training Facility Lite which would include property development and construction of the first building focused on family entertainment and community center activities. JTF Lite will house indoor activities for all ages and also be the starting point for sports camps, education opportunities and community gatherings. Phase one construction will create a large outdoor field to host sports related camps, and other fun outdoor activities. Listen to the full interview here, https://soundcloud.com/amanda-mangan/jtf-for-pht
Are you curious about what progress we have made? Why is there no construction yet? What is going on? Come on out to Grantsville Days and visit our booth. The JTF Team will be there to talk about our updated plans and timeline.
Additionally we will be holding a raffle to help raise money for the El Foundation. The El Foundation is former Pittsburgh Steelers player Antwaan Randle El's charitable activity serving under served youth and inspiring them to become leaders in their community.
JTF will be raffling a basket full of Steelers memorabilia including a Terrible Towel signed by Randle El, a Hines Ward jersey, Rockey Bleier's book, "Fighting Back", Tunch Ilkin and Damian William's book, "Forged in Steel", and a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet signed by Troy Polamalu.
Tickets will only be available at Grantsville Days!! Come out and visit us! For more information on the El Foundation, please visit http://www.antwaanrandleel.com/.
Despite our best efforts to promote the event and increase enrollment, JTF has had to make the decision to postpone the training event. We will be determining a better time to hold the event in the near future. We want to bring this type of elite training to the local area as a part of our company's mission. To ensure we build the right event in the future, we are asking for your feedback. Please take 5 minutes to fill out the following 4 question survey, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LJT3WGT
Thank you for your support. Please keep following us here or on Facebook at "JTF1" for details on upcoming events.
Registration for JTF's coming out event, "After The Lights Go Out" is progressing nicely. We thank you for your continued support. We also recognize that the price of the event may be too much for some families in the local area. MacJohn Sports, JTF's parent company, would like to offer 6 scholarships to local student athletes. JTF will be holding a content for these scholarships. The scholarships will go to 3 male and 3 female student athletes in grades 8-12 from Allegany, Garrett, or Somerset Counties. You can nominate a friend, son, daughter, granddaughter, grandson, student, niece, nephew, neighbor, or yourself by submitting an essay of 500 words or less addressing why the nominated student athlete should attend the clinic. The contest ends on April 3rd. Please share this opportunity with your friends, family, church members, neighbors, coworkers, well, everyone you know. JTF and MacJohn Sports wants to make sure the most deserving student athletes in our local area get the opportunity to have a great experience with some great athletes.
Contest terms and rules are below.
1. ENTRY: No purchase necessary to enter or win. Contestants will enter by submitting essays to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midnight on April 3, 2016. The essay must be 500 words or less addressing why you nominated the athlete for attendance. The entry must contain your email and contact information and who you are nominating.
2. ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to all residents of Garrett and Allegany counties in Maryland and Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Contestant winners will be student athletes in grades 8-12 who can participate in the After The Lights Go Out Training Event. Void where prohibited.
3. WINNER SELECTION: Employees of the Joint Training Facility will select 6 total winners - 3 male entries and 3 female entries. All decisions of the judges are final.
4. PRIZES: Winners will receive free admission to the After The Lights Go Out training event on April 16th. The prize is not transferable to any other event. Parents or legal guardians of winners will be responsible for transportation to and from the event and completing all necessary paperwork for participation.
5. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winners will be notified by email no later than April 9, 2016.
Come one, Come all! JTF will be discussing our plans for the facility on March 10 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Grantsville at 7:00 pm. The event is open to the public. We will have 3D renderings of the facility and will answer any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you there and to meeting everyone.
March 10, 2016
Christ Lutheran Church
180 Main St., Grantsville, MD
MACJOHN SPORTS LLC USES 'FORGED IN STEEL' IDEAS TO CREATE JOINT TRAINING FACILITY IN MARYLAND
Article written by Mark A. Miner of Minerd Publishing LLC. http://www.minerdpublishing.com/forged_in_steel.php
When Ronda Johnson and Michael McCloskey were dating before marriage, they discovered a shared love for sports and physical fitness. And with both employed by the Department of Defense (DoD) as military and civilian, they also understood the power of a DoD Joint Task Force (JTF) structure to bring together diverse resources to achieve strategic objectives.
And then they went on the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Cruise. In the ship’s gift shop, Michael thumbed through Forged in Steel: The Seven Time-Tested Leadership Principles Practiced by the Pittsburgh Steelers, co-authored by Tunch Ilkin and Damian Williams. Upon returning home, Michael bought the Kindle edition on Amazon and read it once. Then twice. And then a third time, highlighting key points and similarities to his current career situation.
As a light bulb went off in Michael’s mind, he shared a deep longing with his soulmate – “We’re reaching ‘half time’ in our lives,” he said to Ronda, referring to the book’s discussion of turning success into significance at a mid-stage of one’s career. “Do we want to stay in government service all our lives to pay the bills? Or do we want to take the chance and do what we’ve dreamed about together?”
Ronda shared Michael’s passion and quickly agreed. The result is the formation of their company MACJOHN Sports LLC, a female disabled veteran owned business, a relocation to rural Garrett County, MD and the design of a proposed 140,000 sq. ft. Joint Training Facility (JTF) in the town of Grantsville.
The JTF, a play on words with the military acronym, will be a premier sports and training destination for the local area and the I-68 corridor between Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, and within a six hours’ drive of New York City, Detroit and Charlotte. The goal is to be open in the spring or summer of 2017.
The company’s mission statement says it all: "JTF endeavors to encourage a healthy life through sport and fitness in an inclusive and safe environment with the community as the nucleus of the enterprise."
“We plan to host tournaments, local and regional events and workout activities for the community,” Ronda said. “We also plan to hire at least nine full-time and up to 40 part time employees to manage events, food concessions, facility operations and fitness facility operations.”
In addition to basketball and volleyball, JTF will utilize four hardtop courts for additional sports, such as wrestling, gymnastics and “pickleball,” a game all the rage in Garrett County. JTF will also provide a home for turf based sports with an indoor turf field two-thirds the size of a football field for football practice, indoor soccer, lacrosse, baseball batting cages and more. Nine all-purpose rooms will house classes, conferences and community gatherings. JTF will have 3,400 sq. ft. available for lease to a complementing business such as a physical therapy clinic and retail sporting goods. In addition, 1900 sq. ft. space will be leased for an onsite child day care and babysitting service for gym members.
As a U.S. Marine with multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Kosovo and Bosnia, Michael knows how the DoD JTF drew military and civilian subject matter experts into one package. As a linguistic specialist with the U.S. Army and a project manager/supervisor with the Defense Intelligence Agency, Ronda already had the management, fiscal and mission-critical experience to execute their shared goal. They turned to Forged in Steel co-author Damian Williams and his firm Leadership League for a “deep dive” analysis and guidance on budgeting and financial forecasting.
“Forged in Steel helped us see that our dream is attainable,” said Ronda, a lifelong Steelers fan who grew up in Latrobe, PA. “It showed us that there were other opportunities out there for us.”
Added Mike, a Staten Island native: “It’s not a self-help book. It’s written in clear terms, with a good mix of Steelers player and management quotes, in the same types of conversations we’ve found in the military. The book shows that those pushing themselves the hardest are the ones who succeed.”