Citadel cadets serve the Lowcountry on Leadership Day 2016
On Leadership Day 2016, the entire South Carolina Corps of Cadets was solely dedicated to service learning and ethics education. The annual event is one part of a cadet's four years of required leadership development - but it is a favorite for cadets, their professors, and for the community agencies they serve.
More than 8,000 hours of service to the Lowcountry is provided by the cadets each Leadership Day; many to community partners where cadets volunteer year round.
New this year is a partnership with Soldiers’ Angels mobile food pantry, a program that originated in Texas to fight veteran hunger. On Leadership Day, and once a month going forward, cadets will help run the pantry on campus. On Oct. 19, the Soldiers’ Angels Veteran Mobile Food Pantry and cadets provided takeaways meals at the Altman Athletic Center end of The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium parking. The next event will be held Nov. 10.
Leadership Day: Learning to lead by making connections
Feature on Cadet Jeffrey "Bo" Cain, Class of 2018
Written by Stanton Adams, Citadel Graduate College student and assistant
Cadet Josh Malott's, Class of 2019, reflection on Leadership Day 2016
A Single Act of Kindness
Leadership Day is one of the many unique experiences that helps to shape a cadet into a future leader. Whether it’s cleaning up the community or chatting with children about their favorite superhero, the Corps of Cadets learns what it means to lead by serving others on Leadership Day. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the team of cadets that went to Charlestowne Landing to help clean the park in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. The work of clearing limbs was strenuous, but the act of kindness and serving together teaches a great lesson.
It was a hard and exhausting morning, but by the end we could look back to see how much we accomplished in only a few hours. The ranger told us as we left that all the wood we split would be used later that year in bonfires that they do every year and encouraged us to come out to one in a month or two. It will be exciting to see the impact just a small act of kindness can do for a group of people. It is that single act of kindness that sets Leadership Day apart from any other day; it allows us to reach out as a Corps to support the Lowcountry.
Cadet McKenzie Everham's, Class of 2019, reflection on Leadership Day 2016
Leadership Day 2016 proved to be an important and eventful day not just for the Corps of Cadets of The Citadel, but also for the community that we would be serving. While some cadets went off to clear aftermath from Hurricane Matthew or prepare meals for those in need, my team went out to make sure special needs kids of the Charleston area were given a memorable day. When over 20 cadets arrived at the Bees Landing Recreation Center, we busied ourselves with setting up small activities and a Bocce tournament for the kids that we would be spending time with that day. When the kids arrived, they ran around and played and even competed in the tournament. At the end of the day, the kids were recognized for their participation and competitive spirits. Watching as these kids ran around, danced to the music, and entertained themselves with the different activities opened my eyes to just how important cadets are to the Lowcountry. Leadership Day gives the Corps of Cadets the opportunity to get out in the community and learn to lead by serving others.
WATCH LEADERSHIP DAY 2016 IN ACTION