Yokota sweeps grand prizes in ‘Football Frenzy’ contest
January 4, 2006
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — In a rare trifecta, Yokota personnel swept all three grand prize drawings among Pacific Air Forces clubs in this year’s “Football Frenzy” promotion, picking up free trips to an NFL regular-season game, Super Bowl XL and the Pro Bowl.
The latest two recipients are spouse Diana Dyer and Tech. Sgt. James Champion, 374th Maintenance Squadron. Dyer and her husband, Airman 1st Class John Dyer, 374th Medical Operations Squadron, are headed to the Feb. 5 Super Bowl in Detroit; Champion will attend the Pro Bowl a week later in Honolulu.
In December, Paul and Wanda Harris won five days in San Diego including tickets to the Chargers’ game against the Miami Dolphins.
Of the 16 grand prizes awarded Air Force-wide, only three are allotted to PACAF club members.
“I’ve never seen all three come from one base before,” said Lisa Knight Stevens, 374th Services Division marketing director.
For the regular-season game, one person is chosen in each of the eight major Air Force commands but the bowl selectees are limited to two from U.S. bases and one each from PACAF and U.S. Air Forces Europe.
Stevens said the Air Force Services Agency, which sponsors the highly popular “Football Frenzy” program worldwide, is meticulous about ensuring the drawings are completely random. “This is just unheard-of,” she said. “The odds are so high they’re astronomical. … I’ve been working in services for 12 years and never seen it happen.”
Each winner is provided two airline tickets, a hotel room and ground transportation to all services-arranged functions in the game’s host city.
“They take very, very good care of these winners,” Stevens said. “The Air Force Services Agency wants it to be one of those unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences — something they’ll remember forever.”
Nor are the Dyers likely to forget how they learned they’d won.
Dyer was on leave shortly after December’s drawing when Col. Mark Presson, 374th Medical Group commander, told him he needed to bring in his wife to discuss an on-base traffic ticket she’d gotten.
“That got ’em all shook up,” Stevens recalled. “Of course, she claimed she didn’t get any ticket but they agreed to come in anyway. When they walked into the area in front of primary care, a mass of people from the med group had assembled. The commander was there and told them they needed to discuss the ticket with everybody present.
“That’s when he said, ‘The ticket you got is to the Super Bowl.’ Everyone cheered and the look on their faces was priceless.”
Air Force club members become eligible for the trips by filling out entry forms at “Football Frenzy” events, held each week during the season’s Monday Night Football games. Due to time differences, the contests are replayed on Tuesday evenings at clubs in Japan, Okinawa, South Korea and Guam.
The promotion is designed to create a party atmosphere at local establishments.
The Yokota Enlisted Club’s “Football Frenzy” program was named best in the Air Force for 2003 and 2004. It’s considered among the favorites again this season, but the announcement won’t be made until after the Super Bowl.