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Army Wins President's Cup

Fitness, Team Work, Camraderie

Posted: April 8, 2010

Each year, the 3 services of the University of Texas ROTC program compete in a friendly competition known on the 40 acres as the President’s Cup.  The services will typically compete in Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Hawaiian-Rules Trash Ball, and some sort of grueling physical competition, obstacle course, or “CrossFit Challenge.”  The results are announced each spring after a tri-service morale run around campus, ending at the UT Tower where the University President, Bill Powers, awards the cup to the winning service, and the 2010 results are in: Army beat Navy! And they beat Air Force too!

With 1st place victories in Football, Volleyball, Basketball, and the CrossFit Challenge, it was a near complete victory for the Longhorn Battalion.  According to Army Cadet Francisco Betancourt, “It was particularly obvious during the CrossFit part how much harder our Physical Training is.”  The Army is the only service that conducts physical training three times a week, and the results showed it – the Army took first place in the 400m relays, Sit-up and Push-up portions of the CrossFit challenge.  For most of these events, each service fielded two teams, and in many cases even the Army “B” team took 2nd or 3rd place, beating out the primary teams from Navy and Air Force. When it was all said and done, the Army won the Cup by a combined point total of 200 to the Air Force’s 168, and the Navy’s 123.”

“It was a very rewarding win for us, but our real goal here was to improve and foster relations between the services through healthy, sportsmanlike competition” says cadet Army commanding officer, Weston Payne.  “At the end of the day, I hope that we have increased awareness and appreciation for the other services, and maybe even made a new friend or two.”

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