Hearts United held a mock boot camp recently on the Merton Hill Lawn to give students a chance to work out with a retired Marine Corp drill instructor and to compete against each other for prizes.
Hearts United is a SHU organization committed to spreading military awareness and support for our troops. Their self-created motto is “united by love, divided by duty.” The president of the club, Jessica Davenport, was thrilled with the outcome of the mock boot camp.
“Not only were students able to get a slight glimpse of what a boot camp entails, but they were able to come together and follow our student veterans as they served as instructors,” she said. It was amazing and, at some points, comical to watch our SHU students take on this challenge. We are hoping to have more boot camps in the future and to invite more organizations to showcase how important it is to be involved in helping those who serve our country and how we can positively impact the lives of our American heroes who give their service to protect our freedoms.”
Representatives from the Marines were also on hand to promote and hand out literature about their organization. This was the first time Hearts United held a mock boot camp on campus, but Davenport said they hope to make it a regular tradition.
Hearts United's final event of the semester is Veterans Night of the Arts--a free night of poetry, music and drama, which will take place tonight at 7 p.m. in the Schine Auditorium.
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