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Monday, September 3, 2007

"I've always been all over the lot in my writing. Except for poetry -- even though they say all the old-time sportswriters use plenty of it. Maybe it's just part of what we do."

--Frank DeFord, 2006

5-kilometer run to benefit micro-loan program in Peru

By Cassia West

April 2, 2007 | The Cache Valley Salute 5K run/walk benefiting micro-banking in Peru will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Nelson Field House.

The race is open to all ages, and the cost is $10 per entry. Registration can be done at the Military Science Building on USU's main campus or online at http://cvsalute.usu.edu/ where more information can be found.

The event is being organized by USU's Army ROTC, headed by Cadet Jacob Roecker, to honor the ROTC tradition at Utah State and benefit the Hope Alliance.

The Cache Valley Salute pays tribute to all of the men and women from Utah State University who have served America since their legacy began in 1900.

"By 1947, the military science program was so successful and it had gained such prominence that USU was known as the 'West Point of the West,'" said former USU ROTC Cadet Shawn Harris in his book, West Point of the West. "USU was commissioning more officers into the military than any school in the nation except West Point itself."

Harris said, "Students who trained and drilled on USU's Quad fought in the trenches of WWI and across the skies and battlefields of WWII. . . . They served in the barren hills of Korea, in the jungles of Vietnam and Panama and in the Deserts of the Middle East."

At the end of the 5K run, which passes many of the historical buildings on campus, there will be photos of many of the past and present officers who graduated from Utah State. There also will be a raffle and music. All proceeds will go to the Hope Alliance in its effort to benefit micro-banking in Peru and other developing countries.

The Hope Alliance is using the funds to set up these micro-loan accounts in small villages in Peru, Chile and possibly Brazil. These loans will make small amounts of money available to the very poorest people in those countries. Small amounts enable the poverty-stricken to finance their personal businesses.

Roecker has been instrumental in organizing this event and arranging the proceeds to assist the Hope Alliance. Roecker is a junior in the ROTC program, majoring in speech communication. He has been to Iraq twice on military deployments, has a wife and three children and is enrolled for 25 credit hours this semester. He said that the ROTC program has done so much for him and his family and that he felt compelled to give something back, to recognize the long tradition of students who have gone before him.

Roecker said of the past ROTC students, "Their experiences are worth keeping alive."

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