For more than three decades, the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets has marched to aid children and families in the Brazos Valley – and the cadets will hit the road again Saturday for their annual “March to the Brazos.”
As in previous years, the 33rd annual “March to the Brazos” will be conducted in support of the March of Dimes efforts to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. (http://www.marchforbabies.org/bannerclick/)
“March to the Brazos” – organized and comprised completely of members of the Corps of Cadets – will be an 18-mile trek from the university campus to the Brazos River and back, culminating months of fundraising by the Aggie cadets.
The cadets will march from their dorms through the main campus and West Campus to the institution’s animal science teaching, research and extension complex near the east bank of the Brazos River.
After the first leg of the march, cadets will participate in various competitions, eat lunch and transfer ranks for the upcoming school year. Nearly 1,700 cadets will participate in this year’s road march.
“March to the Brazos” is the largest and most successful student-led fundraiser for the March of Dimes in the United States, raising over $1.6 million between 1977 and 2008, notes an organization spokesperson.
Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets is in its 132nd year of training leaders for service to the state and nation. In the Corps, cadets gain valuable leadership skills and experience to complement their academic education. While cadets earn commissions as military officers, membership in the Corps itself carries no military obligation.
For more information on the Corps of Cadets, go to www.aggiecorps.org.