Cadets from the Appalachian ChalleNGe Academy will visit the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard on June 8. During their visit cadets will participate in routine morning activities, play an exhibition basketball game for the veterans and sponsor a Bingo tournament.
The academy is part of the Kentucky National Guard’s Youth Challenge program.
The visit to the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center was set up by a council of cadets and will include the Appalachian Challenge Academy Honor Platoon and other cadets based on essay submissions.
“We’re proud of the cadet council’s work on establishing this trip,” said Joshua Coldiron, the academy director. “Our goal is to provide our cadets with every opportunity to take part in community events and expose them to people who make a positive difference in the world. Visiting with these veterans will give our young people a unique perspective on what it means to serve their communities and our nation.”
Kentucky Youth Challenge is designed to help youth, ages 16-18, get a jump start on life. The 22-week credit recovery program is geared toward completing a high school diploma as well as physical fitness, leadership and community awareness projects. The program has been around for nearly 20 years. More than 100,000 cadets have graduated from the program nation-wide.