Gabby Douglas Honors Children of Military

7:37 PM, Apr 26, 2013   |    comments
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ARLINGTON, VA (WUSA9)--Two time Olympic gold medalist--and Virginia native--Gabby Douglas is in town.

Friday afternoon Douglas honored the children of military families and got an award herself from a group called Our Military Kids.

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Our Military Kids provides activity grants to young people whose parents serve our country. Because money is often tight for military families--the grants are intended to help kids so they can participate in sports, arts programs or even tutoring if they need it.

April is the Month of the Military Child. Honorees at Friday's event, which took place at the Boeing Government Operations Office in Arlington, included:

  • Matthew Mund is a 15-year-old from Temecula, CA. Matthew is a rising country music singer who used his grant for singing lessons. Matthew's father is a U.S. Marine and Wounded Warrior. Matthew recently won the Horizon Award for Best Male Vocalist and the Most Promising Male Entertainer of the Year in his age group. He will be singing "It's America," a song by country artist Rodney Atkins.

  • William Tsang is a seven-year-old from Harvey, LA. William will perform a taekwondo routine, which he worked on while his father was deployed in Afghanistan with the Army Reserve.

  • Molly Frey is a 12-year-old from Pickerington, OH. Molly will perform a ballet routine. Molly's father, a member of the Ohio Air National Guard was deployed and assigned to the 1st Marine Division, Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, when she received her grant.
  • Conner MacFarlane is a 16-year-old from Oviedo, FL. Conner will read an essay he wrote about attending a high adventure Boy Scout camp, which he left for only a few days after his father passed away while deployed in Afghanistan. His father had always wanted to go to that camp, and Conner attended as a way to honor his memory.

A Military Family of the Year was also recognized Friday:

  • The Mansfield Family includes Diana (12), Bethany (16) and Abigail (17) of Gastonia, NC. The girls received their grants for singing and dance lessons during their father's deployment with the Army National Guard to Kuwait. The girls will sing and dance to "Some Things are Meant to Be" from the musical "Little Women." Their father, SFC Walter Mansfield, returned home from deployment on April 19 and will be attending the event along with his wife Lesley and son Corey, who previously received a grant from Our Military Kids to attend drama camp.

WUSA9 news anchor, Lesli Foster, spoke with Gabby Douglas and Matthew Mund live at 5pm.  See the video.


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