USF’s ROTC branches compete in Commander’s Cup to help develop partnerships between branches.
TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2012) - All branches of the University of South Florida ROTC program recently traded their 6 a.m. workout for some friendly competition.
About 300 cadets met Feb. 17 at the USF Track & Field Stadium to play flag football, and tug o’ war and run various track races in the 8th Annual Commander’s Cup.
Michael Eads, battalion commander for USF’s Army branch of the ROTC, is a criminal justice student who helped organize the competition. What was originally a flat football tournament has expanded to various activities to make the competition more well-rounded, he said.
“Integration of the branches is extremely important,” Eads said. “You work in the professional military world along with sister branches so it's good for them to know how the other branches work in a fun and competitive event.”
Anna Douglas, a business major and Navy ROTC student, said the best part of the competition is all the branches coming together.
“We’re taking advantage of the fact that we do have all the branches here at USF where other universities might only have a branch,” Douglas said.
Teams of representatives from each branch were paired up for the activities. The winner of each was given points and at the end of the competition, the points were tallied up and an overall winner determined.
This year, the Army won and the Commander’s Cup Trophy, which is engraved each year with the winner and year, was awarded by Maj. Gen. Luis Visot, executive director of the Joint Military Leadership Center at USF.
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