Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 17, 2013

Ten-hut: Troop Challenge for all

Participants, cheerleaders welcome at camouflaged contest


“Homes for Our Troops is just a great organization. I think people like to get involved with something where they can see how their money was spent,” said Pennington, who attended an event last Saturday, Jan. 12, in Granby, where Bouchard received the keys to his new house.

“This program turns nightmares into dreams for these guys. To see guys like Josh overwhelmed with joy is something I won’t forget and that’s where the money goes,” said Pennington, who comes from a military family. “I’ve realized that even in this economy, people love to help.”

Garrett-Rayner said Tom Fleming from the Lowell Police Academy will be at the Troop Challenge with soldiers demonstrating proper training techniques. His group is supplying backpacks for the challenge.

“We want to make our town is aware of Homes For Our Troops and I think we are doing that,” Garrett-Rayner said.

TROOP CHALLENGE Friday, Jan. 25, 7 to 9 p.m. Yang's Fitness Center, 5 Dundee Park, Andover For: Anyone who wants to support our troops, contestants or cheerleaders Tie-in: Run for the Troops 5-kilometer race in Andover on April 7 Supports: Homes for Troops, national nonprofit that gives free homes to disabled War on Terror veterans Cost: $25, includes wine, light appetizers Challenges: push-ups, sit-ups, abdominal in and outs, wall sit, jump rope, backpack carry Info:; 978-475-2020 Freebie: First 50 registrants get a free camouflage T-shirt

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