Bravo Zulu Outdoors hosted a large group of 28 people at Patriot Point over the Presidents Day weekend.
The group had a great time at the five-stand skeet shooting and worked with volunteer Mike Mattingly to build cornhole board. Three guests took home their own cornhole set.
Mattingly said that he learned about Patriot Point in an article in the Annapolis Capital and was motivated to volunteer. He previously had built cornhole sets with special needs students, where he saw the activity help bring people out of the shells and foster a sense of community.
“And the same thing happened at Patriot Point,” said Mattingly, who served in the Air Force and is a retired firefighter. “These veterans and their families, they all got into it and were enthused. Taking a flat piece of wood, creating a design and making something they are going to enjoy for years.”
“A couple of the guys and families got hooked on building them,” Schwartz said. “It was relaxing and therapeutic to really focus on something. That was great and a neat thing to do.”
After completing the cornhole boards, several guests set up shop in the garage to stay out of the elements and enjoy a few games of cornhole.