Yokota resident, football fan wins trip to Chargers game
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — It’s not like playing in the Super Bowl and jetting off to Disney World afterward, but San Diego in December will do just fine for Paul Harris.
The Yokota resident is the Pacific Air Forces winner in the first of three grand-prize drawings for Tuesday night’s “Football Frenzy.”
The popular weekly gathering, sponsored by the Air Force Services Division, features the NFL’s Monday Night Football game replayed in Pacific prime time at base clubs.
A Yokota Officers Club member, Harris and his wife, Wanda, picked up an all expenses-paid, five-day trip to San Diego for the Dec. 11 game between the Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers, which includes two airline tickets, lodging and ground transportation to all Services-arranged functions.
Robyn Sleeth, the 374th Services Division chief, and Col. William Story, the 374th Mission Support Group commander, presented Harris an oversized mock ticket during halftime of Tuesday’s Minnesota-Green Bay game.
“I was really shocked when they called,” Harris said. “I didn’t even know they were giving away a regular-season game. We were hoping to win a trip to the Super Bowl or Pro Bowl.”
Those drawings are slated for Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, respectively, said Alan Armitage, a Yokota marketing representative.
One winner is chosen for each of the Air Force’s major commands.
Harris, who works as a night-duty manager at Tomodachi Lanes bowling center, said he’s never been to San Diego.
But this will mark the second trip there for his wife, Wanda, an Air Force Major and clinical nurse for the 374th Medical Group’s surgical services. The couple is from Anniston, Ala.
“I’m very excited to be going back,” she said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the San Diego Zoo. I didn’t get to before.
“I told him we wanted to try to win one of the games. We felt we needed to go (to Football Frenzy) as often as we could, so we could keep putting our names in. …(But) I’m really shocked it happened.”
Her husband says he doesn’t necessarily care about the Dolphins or Chargers, but that hardly matters.
“I’m looking forward to the football game, tailgating and all the attractions of San Diego,” he said.