On 7 June 2018, JTF celebrated the end of the school year with the students and staff at Bel Air Elementary in Cumberland, Maryland. The Bel Air PTO sponsored the event for the kids. Thankfully, the relentless rain in the air took a couple days off allowing everyone to have a great time. JTF set up all their activities for the kids such as bubble soccer, laser tag, archery tag, cornhole, snookball, ping pong/battle pong. JTF also had special relay games for the younger participants. It was beautiful day filled with fun and memories for all involved.
The Joint Training Facility (JTF) was excited to be a first-time participant in the Northern Garrett High School After Prom this year. The After Prom Committee wished to change the entertainment options for the kids. JTF brought their unique brand of activities to the After Prom with events such as Archery Tag, Bubble Soccer, Laser Tag, and Dodgeball. Archery Tag took the crowd favorite as the best activity. The After Prom at Northern Garrett is a big end of the year activity drawing a big crowd and this year did not disappoint with around 170 tickets sold. The JTF staff enjoyed the night with the kids. We hope to be back next year!
The Joint Training Facility (JTF) is quickly filling up weekend slots for entertainment at local Western Maryland events. The weather is getting warm (hopefully) and the festival is season is getting in full swing. JTF's starts off in May at Little Crossing's in Grantsville at the Artisan & Epicurean Faire on May 19th. Next, JTF is elated to go back to Hancock, Maryland to the Kick-Off Summer Festival on June 2nd. On June 23rd, JTF will be at Woofstock. Woofstock is the Allegany County Animal Shelter's Wine, Beer, and Music Festival at the Allegany Fair Grounds. Finally, in August, we will again be supporting the Law Enforcement and Community Partnership National Night Out in Hancock, Maryland on August 7th.
JTF has several other private bookings with local schools sprinkled in between these events. We are also working on booking other festivals in July.
Additionally, JTF launched an online booking feature to allow customers to reserve their spots on our calendars. Hurray! We are filling slots quickly. See our Event Rentals Page for more information.
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