The Coast Guard Academy men's and women's cross country teams were active in the community last Sunday as the cadet-athletes were involved with both the Mighty Kids Triathlon and Habitat of Humanity project.
Members of both the men's and women's teams volunteered at the Mighty Kids Triathlon at Rocky Neck Park in East Lyme. The Mighty Kids Triathlon is fun way for kids to get outside and exercise. It consists of three legs (swim, bike, and run) of varying distances depending on the age of the competitor while the top finishers in each age group received a trophy.
"I can't thank the cadets enough," said race director Christine Picklo. "They definitely made this possible and I received many positive comments from other volunteers, parents and our timers who appreciated their help."
Members of the men's cross country team also took time to assist with the Habitat of Humanity project on Jefferson Avenue in New London. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets are joining with representatives of the United States Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association and Habitat for Humanity of Southeastern Connecticut to build a new home in New London.
This home will be built by the current Corps of Cadets and is sponsored by the USCGA Alumni Association classes of 1950-2012, with additional support from the CGA Parent's Association, and the Institute for Leadership. Throughout the construction of the home, future home owner Linda Needham and her family will be working alongside the cadets, and when the home is completed, she will purchase the home through a no-profit mortgage. This is the first Habitat for Humanity home to be sponsored by the United States Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association.