Patriots and Bulldogs JROTC programs are active in the community

Independence Patriots JROTC in Veterans Day Parade.
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Butler Army JROTC provide assistance on the tennis court.
Independence JROTC at Coca-Cola recently for Veterans Day ceremony.
The cadets look sharp.
Butler participants at Special Olympics.

The two high school JROTC programs serving the Mint Hill-Matthews area have been very active lately in providing community service in many different ways.

The Independence program was recently at Coca-Cola Consolidated located in Charlotte to provide a Color Guard for a ceremony to honor all veterans who served as members of our military. The event was held to salute their veteran employees. “To honor those who served and sacrificed for the rest of us is certainly special to our cadets who understand why we must always continue to honor these patriots,” said Lieutenant Colonel, Jeffrey Jenkins, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor.

Also, the Patriots JROTC cadets participated and marched in the Charlotte Veterans Day Parade over the past weekend which is always a special event enjoyed by the young men and women who do a fantastic job in representing Independence High School.

The Butler JROTC program had an enduring impact on Special Olympic athletes from all over North Carolina through the support of cadets in helping Butler’s Unified Club host one of seven events included in the NC Special Olympics Fall Tournament.

The goal of Special Olympics is to bring people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team. The NC Special Olympics Fall Tournament brings nearly 1,200 athletes of varying ages from across the state together to compete in various sports such as basketball, cycling, golf, roller skating, soccer, and tennis. The tennis competition was hosted by Butler High School’s Unified Club and Coach Deborah Deeg. Throughout the weekend, athletes competed in various types of tennis competition on the courts. Some of the events included individual skills, singles, short and full-court unified doubles, and singles, short and full-court traditional doubles.

Recently, Butler was named a National Unified Champion School and placed on the 2018-2019 ESPN Honor Roll List. Butler ranks 1st in North Carolina for Unified Schools as well as 34th nationally.

The Butler JROTC program cadets made a commitment to serve the community through volunteering and providing for half of the volunteers needed for this weekend-long event. There were over 60 cadets involved and they were commended for their outstanding leadership and respect toward the athletes, coaches, and Special Olympics staff.

“This was an eye-opening and an important event for the school, I was thrilled to be able to participate.”  The diversity at this event and to see athletes from all over North Carolina was definitely the coolest part of it all.” said Cadet Lieutenant Colonel, Sofia Brotherton, Bulldog Battalion Commander.

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Ed Berti
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