Cadet Michael Fox wins senior class ring in basketball shoot out
Cadet Michael Fox, a junior from Kilo Company, does not have to worry about how to pay for his class ring now.
The Rochester, N.Y., student won his Citadel ring this past weekend during the "Wendy’s Ring It From Half Court” promotion held during the Bulldog basketball game. Fox was picked at random to take one shot and the chance to win his class ring. He didn’t blink as he took the ball, eyed the goal and heaved a lofty shot that cleared the rim and hit nothing but net.
The McAlister Field House crowd of nearly 1,200 people cheered wildly and loudly as Fox not only won his senior class ring (a nearly $800 value) but also six months worth of complimentary food from Wendy's. The promotion is jointly sponsored by The Citadel Alumni Association and Wendy’s.
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Fox celebrated with high-fives and big hugs from members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets attending the game. As long as he meets the college's academic, discipline and military requirements he will have his class ring paid for by The Citadel Alumni Association.
The Citadel ring has symbolized outstanding accomplishments both by the Corps of Cadets and South Carolina for generations. Every aspect of the ring is symbolic of the history and tradition of the Cadet Corps from the Mexican War through both World Wars, to the present day. Seniors receive their class rings in the fall during Parents' Weekend events.
Fox's shot marked the second time in two years that someone hit the half court shot. Cadet Patrick Lally of Palmetto Battery and Cary, N.C., won it last year.