OSI participates in Dayton Battle of the Businesses

OSI's Battle of the Businesses team from Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio group up for a picture. The annual Battle of the Businesses is the primary fund raising event for the Special Olympics of Greater Dayton, with competitive events occuring throughout the first week of June. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Courtesy of SA Gustav Cariglio)

OSI's Battle of the Businesses team from Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio group up for a picture. The annual Battle of the Businesses is the primary fund raising event for the Special Olympics of Greater Dayton, with competitive events occuring throughout the first week of June. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Courtesy of SA Gustav Cariglio)

QUANTICO, Va. -- The tenant Air Force Office of Special Investigations units at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio participated in what has become an annual tradition by supporting the Dayton Battle of the Businesses June 1-8.

The annual Battle of the Businesses is the primary fund raising event for Special Olympics of Greater Dayton, with competitive events occurring throughout the first week of June. The OSI special agents and professional staff personnel competed in 12 coed battle events, including a volleyball tournament, miniature golf, bowling, 400 meter sprint relay race, obstacle course, sack race, and balloon toss.

Special Agent Gustav Cariglio led the team of OSI participants from the 2nd Field Investigations Squadron, the 10th Field Investigations Squadron, the 1st Field Investigations Region, and the Special Projects 9th Detachment to a 3rd place finish in the government category.

"As representatives from the base, our OSI participants enthusiastically contributed and competed to help strengthen ties with the community, enjoy competition, and hone teambuilding skills," Cariglio said. "The experience was well worth the effort, having provided opportunities benefiting local athletes with developmental disabilities, and the funds to make it happen."

Organizers reported that the major sponsors, participating companies, and various fundraising events leading up to the Battle of the Businesses donated more than $70,000 each of the last three years, with this year's battle setting an event record at $85,000.

"The smiles and energy throughout the event bring the OSI team back year after year," Cariglio said.