A prayerful Charleston tradition provides annual inspiration for cadets
By Cadet Tristan Arrowood, Regimental Public Affairs NCO
The Charleston Leadership Foundation’s annual Prayer Breakfast is a large community event that attracts many different people. For 15 years, Citadel cadets have attended the gathering, which is sponsored by the Charleston Leadership Foundation with the goal of uniting Christian leaders to serve the community. This fall the breakfast was held on Nov. 7 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center and 11 cadets attended.
The mayor of Charleston, and other elected officials from the area were among the notable attendees, along with Mayor Linda Page, who leads Mt. Pleasant. Ed Kobel, president and chief operating officer for DeBartolo Development, was the inspirational speaker. DeBartolo talked about his challenging childhood and about striving to overcome difficulties to build a successful career in real estate, only to see it come crashing down.
“You can’t make this stuff up, but through God’s guidance, I was able to rebuild my career and our company’s business which now extends across the country and from Hawaii to Puerto Rico,” Kobel said.
One of the highlights for cadets was the opportunity to meet Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds and his wife Norwood. Grinalds served as president of The Citadel from 1997 to 2005.
Before the conclusion of the breakfast, a new music video called “Stirred Up,” by Fred Norris was played for the crowd. The video can be found by clicking here . The song was inspired by Charleston’s solidarity in the wake of the June 2015 shooting of the nine parishioners at the Mother Emanuel AME church. Cadets left the breakfast humming the melody to the new song and thankful for what had been an exciting opportunity.
Tristan Arrowood is currently the Regimental Public Affairs NCO of the Corps of Cadets. He also serves as head usher and chaplain for the Protestant color guard for chapel related services. He is scheduled to graduate in May 2018 with a degree in biology.