Baghdad- One of the nicest things that the members of the American units of the Coalition have accomplished recently in the city of Baghdad has been the reopening of the Bagdad Hai Al-Adel Community Center and Sports Facility. The renovated building and Sports Center was open to the public on December 3rd.
Up until just a few weeks ago the Al-Adel Sports Club was simply not around, and where it had previously existed was a rundown and damaged building. The only leftover when the soldiers began a few weeks ago was a partly functional weight room and some free weights.
This is another example of the cooperation between the local Iraqi community, and the positive effects from the Commanders Emergency Relief Fund. The Fund gave the financial support and US soldiers provided the elbow grease, and in the end it was a rewarding effort that ended in the restoration of a needed and well received facility.
The building had holes in the walls, there was vermin and rats running around, and it generally was in very poor to seriously damaged condition. Despite this, it was able to restore and repair the building pretty swiftly, to the delight and amazement of everyone involved.
It has now handball, indoor and outdoor soccer areas, basketball, volleyball, as well as body building and weight lifting. It was the recipient of just over $117,000 dollars of CERP funding. Members of the 4th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd BCT, 4th Infantry attached to 2nd HBCT, 1st Infantry MNF- Baghdad were part of the restoration and rebuilding effort.