More than 1,000 cadets to volunteer thousands of hours October 21


The Citadel’s Leadership Day 2015 to include schools, parks, non-profit agencies, businesses

On one day, each October, cadets and students from The Citadel spread out across the Lowcountry to learn to lead by serving others. Leadership Day is one element of the college’s required leadership training. Almost every cadet participates in some way whether it is through hands-on volunteerism or job shadowing community leaders head local organizations and businesses.

Leadership Day 2015 will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21. As the sun comes up, more than 1,000 cadets and students will head out to more than 50 locations which will include many public schools. They will help lead STEM classroom activities, clean up parks, participate in Election Day training for poll workers, and attend seminars offered by the Institute for Global Ethics, along with dozens of other undertakings.

Leadership Day is planned and managed annually by The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics and contributed greatly to The Citadel being selected for the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Community Engagement Classification.  

“Activities on Leadership Day are designed to engage cadets and students in meaningful learning opportunities outside the classroom through service in the community,” said Col. Tom Clark, USMC (retired), and director for The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.  

Dr. Conway Saylor, director of Service Learning and Civic Engagement at the Krause Center has watched the event blossom from the first “Heroism Day” in 2010.

“We started in 2010 placing 150 cadets in service opportunities. It’s staggering to look back to that and see where we are now,” Saylor said. “We couldn’t hold Leadership Day without the support of more than 45 community partners for whom many cadets volunteer not only on this day, but throughout the year.”

Leadership Day 2014 provided an estimated 8,261 hours of volunteer service to the Lowcountry valued at approximately $188,811, by 1,334 Citadel volunteers. Watch a video from Leadership Day 2014 here.


The Citadel’s Leadership Day 2015 to include schools, parks, non-profit agencies, businesses