On March 24th and 25th the class of 2015 went out into the community and made a difference. Over two days, 120 4/c cadets helped the community to restore the basketball court at the Thames River Federal Housing Complex. When I say restore, I mean made anew. The court could not be seen from the street or even from the complex, which is right next to it. Vines, bushes, and even trees had grown up around the court, through the fence, and there was even a tree that was in the middle of the court. It was no small feat, but we spent two days working side by side with members of the community who really put in the time and cared. In a matter of hours the hidden court was transformed and was no longer a forgotten jungle.
Through the hard work and coordination of our two 4/c, Zackary Wells and Lloyd Diaz, who spearheaded the project and our class advisor, LCDR Ely, the project came together and gave our class the opportunity to be a part of the community. The next step in the process is completely repaving the courts, which once the weather warms up will happen. I believe projects like this make all the difference in people’s lives, especially with all the children who worked with the cadets and knew they were doing something great. It also goes along with the humanitarian mission of our Service and is a good quality of being an ideal member of the community. The project would not have been possible without support from the Academy, Senior Chief Yoder, The Salvation Army, the Kiwanis Club, and every single member of the community who came out to labor for a good cause.
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