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New London — The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is partnering with New London to host students from the city’s public schools at a football game at the academy next month.
The initiative was launched to celebrate the century-long relationship between the service academy and New London. The Coast Guard Academy Bears will compete against the Western New England University Golden Bears at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 at Cadet Memorial Field.
Tickets, which cost $10 regularly, will be provided free of charge to students and their families. The academy is hoping to set a new home attendance record.
“This event is another example of the great partnership shared between the City of New London and the Coast Guard Academy,” Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio said in a statement. “The City of New London is committed to strengthening our community partnerships and the City of New London has no greater partner than the United States Coast Guard.”
High school students will be recognized during the game for their academic achievements and New London’s Steve Elci & Friends will perform “Crayons In A Box” at halftime.
“As a federal service academy, one of our goals is to keep this institution nationally prominent and locally relevant,” Rear Adm. Sandra L. Stosz, academy superintendent, said in a statement. “Staying relevant to the people and city of New London and maintaining a strong partnership is very important to us. This is the city our cadets call ‘home’ for four years, and they are all committed to local and community service. So, I’m particularly pleased to celebrate New London and the rich history we share.”
The city recently opened its third magnet school, the Nathan Hale Magnet Elementary School for Performing and Visual Arts. Nicholas A. Fischer, the superintendent of New London Public Schools, said the district is looking forward to continuing its strong relationship with the academy.
“In my forty years of working in public education, I have rarely seen an institution of higher education be as positive and proactive in trying to build a relationship with a public school system than the U.S. Coast Guard has been,” he said.