Dawson, Salve running back and ROTC cadet, to be honored at halftime ceremony

Running back James Dawson, a Salve Regina sophomore and ROTC cadet, will be officially sworn into military service during halftime of the Seahawks’ New England Football Conference game against Maine Maritime at Gaudet Field in Middletown on Saturday. Kick-off is at noon.

Dawson, a psychology major, is a Military Science Level 3 Cadet in the Cramer’s Saber Battalion, an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps unit based at the University of Rhode Island. The battalion is performing the contracting ceremony and other activities as part of Military Appreciation Day at the football game.

The day’s events will showcase service members and demonstrate the battalion’s commitment to a partnership with Salve Regina’s academic and athletic programs. Members of the battalion will serve as Color Guard for the game, will execute the coin toss, and will be giving away ROTC materials throughout the game.

“It's a great opportunity for me to swear in at the game and share the moment with my family and my friends … and at the same time play a sport that’s brought me to where I am today,” said Dawson, the son of Daniel and Jeanne Dawson of Oradell, N.J.

Salve Regina offers the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program in cooperation with the University of Rhode Island. The program is normally taken in sequence over four years, but convenient options are also available for two- and three-year programs.

Coursework emphasizes the development of individual leadership ability and prepares students for future leadership roles in the Army. Professional military education skills such as written communications, human behavior, history, mathematical reasoning and other skills are fulfilled through the combination of Core Curriculum and military science courses.

Dawson has rushed for 371 yards and five TDs this season. Winners of their last four games, the Seahawks enter Saturday’s game with a 6-1 overall record and are 4-1 in the NEFC.
Gaudet Field is located at 259 Turner Road in Middletown.