The Citadel’s Golf Company delivering holiday joy to MUSC Children’s Hospital
CHARLESTON – An idea from an intern led to T-shirts, which led to a shopping spree for toys, which will now lead a group of cadets from The Citadel to the Medical University of South Carolina’s horseshoe to help provide an infusion of holiday spirit. The cadets from the college’s Golf Company, along with The Citadel’s new mascots, General Robert P. Carson and Boo X, will deliver several thousands of dollars worth of toys to representatives from MUSC Children’s Hospital at 3p.m. on Mon., Dec. 9 at the horseshoe, which is the central gathering place on the hospital campus.
The project dubbed Golf Company Operation for the Kids, started shortly after school began in the fall.
“I am an intern with the Department of Medicine at the medical university and had the chance to peek into the children’s atrium to learn more. I told members of my company about it and we all knew we wanted to do something for the kids but we didn’t know what or how,” said Sean McLoughlin, who is a senior year cadet. “Everybody loves a t-shirt so we made a great one and began marketing it. We ended up raising about $3,000 through the generosity of other cadets as well as parents. Then we hit the stores.”
Citadel cadets Joey Schiano, Cooper Lemons and Sean McLoughlin
McLoughlin said Golf Company decided to find out what the children’s hospital needed for the holidays and then went shopping. He credits t-shirt production company Shirt Tales with providing a generous discount for the fundraiser.
“It is such a great place. The children are always so grateful for surprises,” McLoughlin. “We hope the games, movies and dolls we are taking them will help bring them a little joy while they are in the hospital during the Christmas season.”
Golf Company is one of five companies comprising the Second Battalion at The Citadel. There are currently five battalions at the military college of South Carolina, representing 21 companies and approximately 2,400 cadets. The 2013-2014 Corp of Cadets is the largest in the history of the 171 year old school.