NEWPORT, R.I. – The Salve Regina football team will line up in camouflaged gear to face the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at noon Saturday on Gaudet Field in Middletown, one of several gestures planned by the university to honor those who have served – past and present – in our nation’s military.
The Seahawks will kick off their Nov. 9 “Military Appreciation Day Game” by offering free admission to all veterans and active military personnel with valid ID. Military servicemen and women, along with fans, will be presented gifts by cadets in the university’s Army ROTC program.
“Our Veterans and current service personnel are true American heroes and should be honored at every opportunity,” said Colin Sullivan, Salve Regina’s athletic director. “Salve Regina is honored to use this opportunity to recognize the important service of our men and women in uniform, past and present.”
Salve Regina coaches will wear camouflaged trousers and ROTC hats, while Seahawk players will wear camouflaged shirts. Cheerleaders will join the action by wearing military appropriate attire. In addition, a selection of military vehicles will be on display at Gaudet Middle School grounds, where military personnel will also be stationed.
Veterans will join with Salve Regina alumni for a game ball presentation and coin toss. During halftime festivities, Salve Regina junior Allie Ventura, who recently contracted as an ROTC Cadet, will take her Oath of Contracting.
U.S. Army Capt. Anselm Richards, a Salve Regina alumnus and assistant professor of military science, said the university’s mission of educating men and women with a service and leadership based approach aligns with the nation’s service to our country.
“This has not only had a significant impact on my life and in my decision to join the military, but it is most evident in the Salve Cadets who have decided to give of themselves in preparation for future service to their country,” Capt. Richards said.