Under the leadership of Cadet Sam Newberry, I accompanied a group of Mike Company cadets for a day of landscaping, maintenance, and clean-up of the Twin Ponds Rifle Range at Francis Marion National Forrest. We helped to beautify the grounds and maintain the berms while learning about gun safety and the resources available to the community at this remarkable public facility. As we concluded our day's work, we walked the grounds to determine future projects, including sanding and staining the office, shed, and range facility, and planting wildflowers to protect the berms.
Worked with numerous Mike Company cadets and Mike TAC Officer Kevin Adcock to support the Kids Run in Hampton Park, a youth event hosted annually in coordination with the Cooper River Bridge Run and the City of Charleston. We provided directional guidance to the runners during the race and assisted with setup and operations as well as entertaining and motivating the participants throughout the event. At the conclusion, assisted with breaking down the tents, collecting signage, picking up litter, etc. It was rewarding to see the joy on the children's faces during the event as the families enjoyed a wholesome, fun-filled event.
Serving with Mike Company under the direction of Mike TAC Officer Kevin Adcock, we provided support for a 5k race and oyster roast benefiting the environmental nonprofit East Cooper Land Trust. Because the event took place over spring furlough, only one cadet was able to participate, but the three of us performed a variety of roles to support the successful event, including parking guidance, tent setup, preparation of food and drink stations, distributing awards to participants in the kids' run, waste management and collection, and event break-down. Along the way, we met dedicated volunteers and learned a great deal about the charity's efforts to protect and sustain the coastal environment of the Lowcountry.
Represented Mike Company by volunteering to support the Charleston Marathon along with other members of The Citadel Pride Alliance and in partnership with local nonprofit We Are Family. We supported and motivated the marathon runners by staffing an aid station, handling out refreshments, providing encouragement, assisting handicapped race participants, and providing additional support as requested. In addition to supporting the marathon, The Citadel's participation helped We Are Family reach its goal of 20 volunteers, for which the organization received an additional donation from the race organizers.
I joined cadets from Mike Company and The Citadel Rotaract Club to assist the nonprofit Scottish Society of Charleston with the 47th Annual Scottish Highland Games at Boone Hall Plantation. In addition to helping set up the event, prepare food for guests, and assist with general event operations, the cadets supported the athletes on the field by retrieving the various implements that were lifted and thrown during the competitive events. The cadets provided valuable support to the athletes and event organizers while representing The Citadel by making an extremely favorable impression on the the attendees and guests.