Athletics – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Mon, 18 Oct 2021 15:58:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png Athletics – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 Citadel cadet takes oath before taking the field https://today.citadel.edu/citadel-cadet-takes-oath-before-taking-the-field/ Mon, 18 Oct 2021 15:58:42 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=27857 Cadet -- and Bulldog soccer player -- Ryleigh Jenkins is joining a long family line of serving our country.]]>

Cadet — and Bulldog soccer player — Ryleigh Jenkins is joining a long family line of serving our country. Her grandfather was a Navy Seal; her dad, a Marine.

Before her nine-win Citadel soccer team hit the road for Mercer, she had her own ceremony as part of her process of becoming a Navy Midshipman.

As seen on WCIV – ABC News 4, by Scott Eisberg

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My Ring Story: Remember your “why” https://today.citadel.edu/my-ring-story-remember-your-why/ Fri, 15 Oct 2021 20:11:21 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=27854 Meet Jerry Eugene Higgins III, Class of 2022 Jerry Higgins is a cadet-athlete from Cleveland, Ohio, who is majoring in Biology. He is a basketball player and has received gold]]>

Meet Jerry Eugene Higgins III, Class of 2022

Jerry Higgins is a cadet-athlete from Cleveland, Ohio, who is majoring in Biology. He is a basketball player and has received gold stars for academic achievement. After graduation Higgens plans to attend medical school and become a physician.

Q. What is engraved on the inside of your ring and what is its significance?

A. I put two phrases inside my ring. The first is “Remember Your Why.” That will be a constant reminder to strive for greatness in everything I do. Your “why” is the reason you get out of bed in the morning and do all that you do. Your “why” is what you believe you are meant to do here. Some of us know our “why.” Some of us do not. And, for some of us it changes over the course of a lifetime. Knowing your purpose is crucial because it gives you direction. My “why” is focused on my family and the people close to me that have made me the man I am today; I truly don’t know where I would be without them.

The second engraving is “God’s Speed.” This will remind me that things will happen when they are meant to occur. Like being in the wonderful place right now of getting my band of gold. Through the journey of life, having God by my side eases my worries because I know In the end I will be alright.

Q. Who inspired you to begin your journey here at The Citadel?

A. My father has definitely inspired me to not only make the choice to come here, but to push through the hard times to success. When deciding to attend as a cadet-athlete, I was skeptical about whether I could handle sports plus the military requirements, on top of academics. I did my best to set an example of how an athlete at The Citadel should balance academics, athletics and our military requirements – all of them – like everyone else.

Left to right: Me, my father, Jerry Higgins Jr., my brother Cameron, my stepmother Svetlana, and my sister Sasha, in July when we all attended my brother’s preschool graduation.

My father assured me that he raised me to be able to endure any environment, and this was very true. His strength powers me through every day!

Q. Do you feel that you will have any special obligations now that you wear the ring?

A. Yes. Many. The ring represents everyone that has come before my class and that will come after. The same principles that I learned here will be with me as I wear the ring.

For me, wearing the ring is also showing appreciation for the people who were here in the Corps of Cadets before me. I know there have been many African American cadets that have attended this college that have paved the way for minorities to be accepted here.

Additionally, I think that it’s important that people realize that our ring isn’t your typical class ring. The ring bonds everyone that has successfully come through the gates of this school and represents sacrifices they made to be here.

Q. What are three specific things The Citadel taught you?

A. 1. Be grateful for everything. 2. Struggle is necessary for growth. 3. The importance of accountability.

Cadets Jerry Higgins and Douglas Karam, accompanied by Dr. John Weinstein, Biology, deploy an experiment to measure how face masks, rubber gloves and hand wipes decompose in the salt marsh behind Inouye Hall on Thursday, October 14, 2021.  Credit: Cameron Pollack / The Citadel
Cadet Jerry Higgins III in the marsh near The Citadel campus, setting up a biology research project to measure the environmental impacts of discarded facemasks, gloves and anti-bacterial wipes in coastal areas.

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My Ring Story: leaning into the challenges towards triumph https://today.citadel.edu/my-ring-story-leaning-in-to-the-challenges-toward-triumph/ Wed, 29 Sep 2021 14:49:26 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=27173 Cadet Mya Dollard on the high jumpCadet Mya Dollard on the high jump"Honor, Duty, and Respect are now significantly instilled within me."]]> Cadet Mya Dollard on the high jumpCadet Mya Dollard on the high jump

Meet Cadet Mya Monaye Dollard, Class of 2022

Cadet Mya Monaye Dollard is an athlete on the track and field team, a gold star-earning scholar, and a future nurse. She is from Lake City, South Carolina.

Q. What quote is engraved inside your ring?

A. The quote that is inside of my ring is “And Still I Rise” and #LLRG. They are significant to me because I have faced so many obstacles while being here at The Citadel, yet I have earned my ring.

The engraving #LLRG pays tribute to the late Mr. Ra’Shaud Graham, The Citadel Class of 2017 and a mentor to me and so many others. It means Long Live Ra’Shaud Graham. He was an inspiration and motivated me to keep pushing forward and to believe in myself and losing him was hard for us all.

The biggest obstacle I faced while being here is when my mother was diagnosed with advanced-stage cervical cancer in early July of 2020 which also was the peak of COVID-19. Her diagnosis was life-altering, not only to me but to my family. Seeing someone you love so sick and not being able to be there for them was heartbreaking. The first semester of 2020, my mother went through weeks of aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. I felt helpless, but thankful that my little sister was there with my mom. I wanted to make my mother proud, so I finished both semesters of my junior year with Gold Stars. In December of 2020, a few days before Christmas, she finally got to ring the bell for beating cancer, thus the engraving, “And Still I Rise.”

Cadet Mya Dollard with family at high school graduation
“This was June 6th, 2018. Pictured from right to left is Vincent Cole (boyfriend), my mother Mikiko Dollard, me, and my father, Samuel Dollard. This was taken on the night of my High school graduation at Johnsonville High.

Q. What is the number one way this institution impacted your life?

A. This institution provided me with everlasting life lessons and friendships.

Q. What are three things the Citadel taught you that you wouldn’t have learned at another college?

A. Honor, Duty, and Respect are now significantly instilled within me. I believe that many other schools do not take the time to emphasize the importance of these characteristics as a human being. But, here at the Citadel, we do!

Q. What will you think while looking at your Citadel band of gold on your finger?

A. My ring will remind me about my own perseverance. It will remind me of all the days that I did not think I could go on, yet I pushed through with the best version of myself. I believe that this institution has helped me grow as an individual while having the great support of my mentors, teammates and peers.

Cadet athlete Mya Dollard wearing her jersey and stethoscopes
Photo provided by The Citadel Athletics

Q. Why do you think it is important for people to understand the symbolism and weight of The Citadel ring?

A. The Citadel Ring conveys the message of overcoming adversity while being a principled leader in all aspects of life. The Citadel breaks you down to mold you into the best version of yourself, setting you up for success in life.

Q. “We wear the ring” is a repeated phrase amongst Alumni. What does it mean to you to wear the ring?

A. It means unity and strength! I do believe that it takes grit and fortitude to be here at The Citadel. I am honored to be part of a group that took a oath committing to take the road less traveled. I am a proud Citadel woman!

Cadet Mya Dollard pictured on left
“This was April 12 , 2018, signing day when I accepted my Citadel scholarship to become a cadet-athlete with the Track and Field team. I am on the left with my younger sister Sa’Mya Dollard on the right. She now attends the University of South Carolina, Class of 2023.”
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The Citadel Athletics and The Blood Connection Enter into Multi-Year Partnership with Mission to Save Lives in the Lowcountry https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-athletics-and-the-blood-connection-enter-into-multi-year-partnership-with-mission-to-save-lives-in-the-lowcountry/ Tue, 21 Sep 2021 14:45:14 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26868 The military college will officially welcome The Blood Connection to campus when their partnership kicks off on Sept. 22 with a blood drive.]]>

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The Blood Connection press release seen in the Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Blood Connection, your community non-profit blood center, is excited to announce its new partnership with The Citadel Athletics. The military college in downtown Charleston will officially welcome The Blood Connection (TBC) to campus when their partnership kicks off on September 22nd with a blood drive for the Corps of Cadets and Charleston community.

The Citadel Athletics is proud to partner with The Blood Connection. We look forward to helping increase the local footprint of The Blood Connection and to bring more awareness towards the cause,” says Kevin Olivett, Associate Athletic Director for External Operations at The Citadel.

TBC is the primary blood provider for Lowcountry hospitals including Roper St. Francis hospitals, Trident Health hospitals and is a supplemental provider for MUSC Hospitals. The blood supply has been critically low since before the summer because of historically low blood donor turnout, as well as an increase in traumas and natural disasters.

“During this third wave of COVID, we have seen a marked decrease in blood donation while maintaining a significant need for blood products. In any community, blood donation is a critical part of the overall process of caring for patient. Please consider donating blood so we can continue providing the best in healthcare to our patients,” said J. Rick McEvoy, MD, MBA, Chairman of Pathology at Roper St. Francis Healthcare and Medical Director at Roper Hospital Laboratories.

“The Blood Connection – which was started and is based in South Carolina – is honored to work with The Citadel – a treasured landmark of Charleston and South Carolina – to host blood drives on campus. Because TBC is the blood provider for Lowcountry hospitals, this partnership will positively impact the Charleston community directly. We are excited for the many blood drives ahead that will help save hundreds of lives,” said Delisa English, President & CEO of The Blood Connection.

About The Blood Connection

The Blood Connection has been committed to saving lives since 1962. Founded in Greenville, South Carolina, TBC is an independently managed, not-for-profit, community blood center that provides blood products to more than 80 hospitals within Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Recognized by the U.S. Congress for its dedication to disaster preparedness and the community, TBC works diligently to collect blood from volunteer donors to meet the ever-increasing demand. By keeping collections local, TBC serves hundreds of thousands of patients a year in its communities. TBC is licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For more information, visit thebloodconnection.org.

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Every cadet. Twice a year. Every year. The Citadel Physical Fitness Test. https://today.citadel.edu/every-cadet-twice-a-year-every-year-the-citadel-physical-fitness-test/ Thu, 16 Sep 2021 16:04:02 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26719 5th Battalion cadets take their cadet physical fitness test on Willson Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, September 16, 2021.5th Battalion cadets take their cadet physical fitness test on Willson Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, September 16, 2021."Our goal is for cadets to graduate with healthy fitness habits that will last a lifetime."]]> 5th Battalion cadets take their cadet physical fitness test on Willson Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, September 16, 2021.5th Battalion cadets take their cadet physical fitness test on Willson Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

Attaining a professional, military-level of fitness is not only an essential goal for every member of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, it is a requirement. Physical fitness is a fundamental part of the college’s military culture. It is the reason for the infamous 5:30 a.m. wakeups. And, fitness is one of the pillars underpinning the general success of each cadet.

“The Citadel’s Leadership Development Program is unique in its focus on the whole person. It rests upon four pillars – character, academics, military and fitness,” said The Citadel Commandant of Cadets Col. Thomas Gordon, USMC (Ret.), ’91. “Fitness here is not simply physical. We develop spiritual health and emotional strength. Conversely, the physical component contributes to character development by building resiliency. All you have to do is one more, one more time!”

The Citadel Commandant of Cadets, Col. Thomas Gordon, USMC (Ret.), in red shirt, viewing, and participating in The Citadel Physical Fitness Test on campus September 16, 2021.

The Citadel Physical Fitness Test (CPFT) is taken by every cadet, every semester.

“Each fall, all cadets complete a diagnostic CPFT within the first week of returning to campus to assess their baseline fitness levels,” said Kasee Haugen, the director of The Citadel Physical Readiness Program. “That helps them know their strengths and weaknesses as they prepare for the CPFT that will stand as their record each September.”

Kasee Haugen, the director of The Citadel Physical Readiness Program, administering The Citadel Physical Fitness Test on September 16, 2021.

Every company within the Corps has an Athletic Officer who is crucial to the success of the program. They lead their company during morning physical training and help coach cadets toward their individualized goals.

“Each branch of the U.S. Armed Force has its own fitness test. Our CPFT takes something from three branches,” Haugen said. “This year the three-event test consists of the Army’s hand-release push up, a Marine Corps standard max hold plank and a 1.5 mile, Navy standard run.”

5th Battalion cadets take their cadet physical fitness test on Willson Field at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on September 16, 2021.

Those who fail to attain the minimum score on their CPFT are enrolled in the college’s Remedial Physical Training Program, giving them two extra days of training weekly. They are then given a second opportunity to pass in November. If they do not pass, its back to the remedial program and more extra days of training, and the loss of campus leave overnights.

“For senior cadets, not passing the fall CPFT means losing the privilege of participating in the Ring Presentation Ceremony,” Haugen said. “And in the spring it means not participating in the Long Gray Line Parade and not participating in the graduation ceremony.”

For cadets on military scholarships, failing the CPFT can have even greater consequences, like being forced to forfeit their scholarships after repeated failures.

“Believe it or not, most cadets embrace the challenge and find it motivating,” Haugen added. “Our goal is for them to graduate with healthy fitness habits that will last a lifetime, benefitting them as they serve in the military or as they take on other career and life challenges.”

More resources

Military.com: Ace Any Military PFT

Army.mil: Army Combat Fitness Test

Marines.com: USMC Physical Requirements

AirforceMag.com: Choose your PT Test

MyNavyhr.navy.com: Navy Physical Readiness Program

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Meet the active duty Marine playing football for The Citadel. (PS, he’s fast.) https://today.citadel.edu/meet-the-active-duty-marine-playing-football-for-the-citadel-ps-hes-fast/ Fri, 13 Aug 2021 20:09:51 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25827 He’s served in Haiti, Kuwait and Syria, and was posted to the Pentagon for the last two years as the highest ranking enlisted Marine.]]>

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Jeff Hartsell

He’s already served in Haiti, Kuwait and Syria, and was posted to the Pentagon for the last two years as an advisor to the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, the highest ranking enlisted Marine in the Corps.

His next assignment? 

Perfecting the mesh point in The Citadel’s triple-option offense.

Meet Elijah Bass, an active duty Marine who is playing football for The Citadel this season.

Sgt. Bass, 24, is a day student at The Citadel (not a member of the Corps of Cadets) who is attending college through the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program. That program allows selected Marines without a college degree to earn a officer’s commission and a bachelor’s degree at the same time.

And it also allows Bass to fulfill his dream of playing football.

“It’s kind of always been my dream,” Bass said. “And I feel like dreams are just dreams until you go out there and make it a priority. And so I wanted to make my dream come true.”

Bass’ dream is no idle one. At 6-0 and 230 pounds, he established himself as one of the fastest players on the team during summer workouts. Coach Brent Thompson has him working out at fullback during preseason practice, and says Bass should at least make an impact on special teams this season.

“He’s doing a really good job for not having played a whole lot of football,” Thompson said. “He’s figuring it out on on the run here a little bit. There’s 22 bodies out there running around him, and you’ve got to figure out where you fit in. It’s a bit of a learning curve for him, but he’s making progress every day.

“I don’t know if we will use him at B-back this year, but I think special teams is probably the best way for him to make an impact.”

Lacrosse to Marines

Bass said he hasn’t played football since the eighth grade in Mississippi. His family moved to Stafford, Virginia, as he started high school, and there he played lacrosse for four years.

“I was definitely interested in playing football in high school,” Bass said. “But my mom, she thought football was dangerous and was very strict on that, so my brother and I played lacrosse.”

After graduating from high school, Bass joined the Marines rather than go to college.

“Personally, I knew my maturity level was not where it needed to be to go to college,” he said. “My stepfather is a Marine, and he always told me, ‘If you want to mature a little bit, take the Marine path.’ And I just knew that was something I wanted to do, so I made that decision.”

After basic training at Parris Island, Bass went to Combat Logistics School to become a landing support specialist, and deployed to Haiti, Kuwait and Syria before he was assigned to the Pentagon.

Then he was selected for MECEP and came to The Citadel with a plan to study psychology and philosophy, and to play football.

Bass was familiar with the story of Luke Boyd, another active duty Marine who studied at LSU through MECEP and walked onto the football team.

“I knew Luke’s story, so I knew I could walk on at The Citadel if I got my size and speed up,” Bass said.

‘Do you like football?’

As fate would have it, Bulldogs strength coach Donnell Boucher spotted Bass working out in the gym.

“He asked me, ‘Hey, do you like football?’” Bass said.

Bass began working out with the Bulldogs over the summer, and immediately moved to the top of the speed charts Boucher uses to track the players’ progress in different sprints.

“We were definitely shocked,” Thompson said. “If you look at him, you can see he’s an explosive guy, but you don’t know how fast he truly is until you get him out there on some radars and clocks. Immediately, we said we’ve got to find something we can do with him.”

Bass started out at linebacker, but was moved to fullback because “it’s one of the easier positions on offense to learn,” Thompson said.

Even if he doesn’t carry the ball once this season, Bass already has made an impact on Citadel football.

“He’s great for the locker room and the meeting room,” Thompson said. “He’s got a lot of experience, he handles his business really well and he’s really organized. He’s doing a great job with our guys.”

The Citadel has a couple of long-time players in graduate students Raleigh Webb and Willie Eubanks III, but Bass is the new “old man” of the squad.

“They definitely make fun of me when it comes to my age,” said Bass, who’s been married to his wife, Kayla, for a year. “But the whole point is, if I can keep up, then we’re all the same age. They include me in all the great shenanigans, and its a good time. But it’s also, for me, a good mentorship opportunity.

“They want to know more about my life story, but then they are teaching me lessons as much as I’m trying to teach them.”

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Al Kennickell to be Inducted into The Citadel’s Hall of Fame https://today.citadel.edu/al-kennickell-to-be-inducted-into-the-citadels-hall-of-fame/ Sun, 11 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25202 From his time as versatile player for the Bulldog football team, Al Kennickell was committed to the concept of team first.]]>

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Record-setting performers on the field and distinguished alumni highlight The Citadel’s 2021 Hall of Fame class that was announced last week. 

The six inductees include Carlos Avalos (Football), Brian Baima (Football), Bo Betchman (Baseball), Ralph Ferguson (Football), Col. Julian Frasier, III (Honorary) and Al Kennickell (Honorary)

Al Kennickell, Honorary, Class of 1977

From his time as versatile player for the Bulldog football team coached by Bobby Ross, Al Kennickell was committed to the concept of team first. Although a starter at center for two seasons, he was listed on the offensive depth chart at every position except quarterback and tackle during his four years playing for the Bulldogs. He utilized the leadership skills learned as a cadet and football player to purchase his family’s printing business and turn the Kennickell Group into an internationally recognized company doing business worldwide.
 
Kennickell has continued to give back to The Citadel and was honored as The Citadel Alumni of the Year in 2016. He is a lifetime member of The Citadel Alumni Association, the Legacy Society, the Star of the West Society, and past president of the Citadel Brigadier Foundation. While president of the Brigadier Foundation, he ushered in several changes that led to a major increase in dollars raised for athletic scholarships. “My goal was to pay back The Citadel for the football scholarship they gave me many years ago, and to do it as many times as possible,” said Al Kennickell. “I am grateful for what I learned as a cadet and player; it really had a huge impact on my life. I love The Citadel and owe a great debt.”

Al has also given back to his hometown of Savannah GA and the low country area, having served as the Chairman of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, the Savannah Executive Association, the Savannah Sports Council, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (PGA Champions Tour), and the RBC Heritage (PGA Tour).

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The Citadel to upgrade scoreboard, video at Johnson Hagood Stadium https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-to-upgrade-scoreboard-video-at-johnson-hagood-stadium/ Thu, 24 Jun 2021 12:36:08 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24980 A rendering of the new scoreboard at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. ProvidedA rendering of the new scoreboard at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. ProvidedThe gift from Bill Varner (Class of 1973) will pay for a new system.]]> A rendering of the new scoreboard at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. ProvidedA rendering of the new scoreboard at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. Provided

As seen in The Post and Courier, by Jeff Hartsell

Photo above: A rendering of the new scoreboard at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium.

A gift of $1.2 million from a graduate of The Citadel will fund an upgrade of the scoreboard and video board at Johnson Hagood Stadium, the school announced June 23.

The gift from Bill Varner (Class of 1973) will pay for a new system with six LED displays and a new audio system from Daktronics to replace the aging scoreboard at the football stadium.

The donation is part of the Class of 1973′s 50th reunion campaign, and the class also aims to create an endowment of $300,000 to maintain the system. The new board will be known as the “Class of 1973 Scoreboard.”

“The Citadel is looking forward to working with Daktronics on this very exciting project,” said Mike Capaccio, director of athletics for The Citadel. “This is the next step in our stadium enhancement project at Johnson Hagood Stadium and will provide our fans a great experience with the newest technology available for a video board.”

The new board will be in place for the 2021 season, with a center video display measuring 26½ feet high by 51½ feet wide, with four side displays measuring 15½ feet by 13 feet. An auxiliary display measures about 7 feet by 18 feet. The six displays feature 15HD pixel layouts for enhanced clarity and contrast, the school said.

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The main video display and auxiliary display are capable of “variable content zoning,” allowing each display to show one large image or multiple zoned images including any combination of live video, instant replays, up-to-the-minute statistics, graphics and animations, and sponsorship messages.

Daktronics will also be including its “Show Control” solution with the installation. It provides a combination of display control software, video processing, data integration and playback hardware to form a user-friendly production solution.

The Class of 1973 is aiming toward a $7.3 million fundraising goal for its 50th reunion, the highest goal ever for a 50th reunion campaign, according to Jonathan Walker of The Citadel Foundation.

The Citadel’s home opener is set for Sept. 11 against Charleston Southern, and the Bulldogs will have six home games in 2021. 

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Rejuvenated athletics branding revealed after college gathers input from Citadel Bulldogs fans https://today.citadel.edu/rejuvenated-athletics-branding-revealed-after-college-gathers-input-from-citadel-bulldogs-fans/ Wed, 09 Jun 2021 18:58:32 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24662 Tenacity. Strength. Grit. That's what it takes to be a member of the Corps of Cadets and what The Citadel's refreshed athletics brand reflects.]]>

The Citadel’s updated athletics brand reflecting tenacity and grit to be implemented over time

There should be consistency in the branding of The Citadel athletic teams. That was the one, overriding message conveyed by Bulldogs lovers participating in a series of 22 information sessions as the college considered how to refresh the athletics brand. More than 300 stakeholders, ranging from current and former cadet-athletes to donors and alumni, confirmed the belief that the visual identity of athletics had become lost in a sea of inconsistent images and colors, as well as other bulldogs.

“A bulldog is one of the most common mascots in collegiate athletics. There are many bulldogs out there, but there is only one place like The Citadel. We needed to build upon the college’s 120 years of Bulldogs athletics history and the college’s commitment to service and leadership,” said Stanton Adams, the creative director for the college. “We listened and we now have a much better result because of the engagement of The Citadel family.”

The collective opinion was that the artwork needed to be bold and simple, immediately legible and recognizable, as well as traditional and timeless.

Some other key findings and suggestions from participants included: 

  • Naming should always include the word “The” before the word “Citadel”
  • Emphasis on The Citadel’s iconic “infantry blue”
  • Athletics brand should have a strong tie to the Corps of Cadets
  • The bulldog should be tenacious, fierce and strong
  • The bulldog should not be a cartoon

The participants also supported an update to the college’s mascot. That is the second phase of this project and will be complete in late 2021.

The reveal

The official reveal of the comprehensive, updated brand components occurred on June 9, with The Citadel’s social media, a video, a press release and web newsroom story all presenting a visual parade of elements as they will appear on uniforms, officially licensed retail items and other athletics products.

“We’ve created what we believe will become an instantly recognizable presence through a distinctive visual identity system that is emotive, adaptable and enduring,” Adams said.

The refreshed visual identity system includes two athletics logos, as well as standardized lettering, colors and fonts. It was developed with the help of Joe Bosack & Company, a strategic brand-building firm that specializes in sports and entertainment.

More specifically, the athletics brand elements include:

  • A block C logo grounded with a star in the middle: a traditional athletic image, the new block C is distinctive because the curvature of the C represents the college’s Spanish Moorish architecture, it uses Infantry Blue, and the star is a symbol of patriotism, the armed forces and cadet academic excellence.
  • A three-quarter profile of a bulldog: the tenacious bulldog image was designed from a portrait of the college’s live mascot, G3 (short for General III). To make him unique to The Citadel, he sports a full-dress uniform collar. This logo will remain distinct from The Citadel mascot, which will be complete in late 2021.
  • The Citadel athletics wordmark: the sans-serif typography — which is art, rather than a font — was inspired by the military vehicles stationed around the parade ground.
  • The Citadel baseball script: The Citadel script will be used on baseball uniforms and on some of the merchandise sold in the bookstore. The script font is inspired by uniforms worn by The Citadel’s 1990 baseball team that competed in the College World Series.
On the left, head baseball coach Tony Skole, a member of The Citadel’s 1990 baseball team, wears the uniform that inspired The Citadel’s new baseball script. On the right, his son Tilo Skole, shortstop on The Citadel baseball team, poses in a mock uniform with the new script.

Getting energized for fall athletics

The new images were approved by The Citadel Board of Visitors and will begin appearing on items in the campus bookstore for purchase — both in person and online — in time for fall sports and as other items are phased out.

Two new t-shirts are already available to purchase from The Citadel Bookstore.



It will take two to three years for all athletic components to be fully integrated. For cost efficiency, team uniforms and equipment, such as helmets, will be adapted over the next few years as replacements are needed.

The Citadel Athletics Director, Mike Capaccio, says the athletics brand refresh comes at a good time, as fall teams are in conditioning and getting energized for what is expected to be a normal, non-pandemic playing season.

“We wanted our uniforms and products to be consistent and distinct to The Citadel. Now they will be,” said Capaccio. “As we build on this brand identity, our cadet-athletes will stand out and be quickly recognized as The Citadel Bulldogs from the elite South Carolina Corps of Cadets when they travel, compete and represent the college on the national stage.”

Watch a video about The Citadel athletics brand refresh below.

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Buy or renew your season tickets now for Bulldogs’ fall football https://today.citadel.edu/buy-or-renew-your-season-tickets-now-for-bulldogs-fall-football/ Wed, 26 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=24486 "We are really excited about getting all of Bulldog Nation back inside Johnson Hagood Stadium in the fall."]]>

New Family Zone seating available this fall

Season ticket packages are on sale for the 2021 Bulldogs’ football games for what is expected to be a return to normal playing conditions at Johnson Hagood Stadium in the fall.

The Citadel’s first home game will be held Sept. 11. The Bulldogs will take on Charleston Southern. There are six home games, including the match against Virginia Military Institute. The full season schedule can be found here.

“We are really excited about getting all of Bulldog Nation back inside Johnson Hagood Stadium in the fall,” said The Citadel’s head coach, Brent Thompson. “Our players feed off the energy from our fans. Let’s sell out all six home games this season and continue to create the best atmosphere in the Southern Conference.”

Package prices vary per seat depending on the location and range from $150 – 200 each, including the new Family Zone seating section. Mini-season packages for three games are also available from $95 – $135.

Current season ticket holders have until June 18 to renew their seats. Seat selection for new season ticket holders will occur from July 7 – 16. In addition, Pearson Club Seats and Executive Suite Access are available. Parking passes will be distributed during August.

For updated season ticket timelines, information about renewing season tickets and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.

All Bulldogs fans can contribute to free passes for first responders and veterans through The Citadel Holy City Heroes program. For every $10 contribution, The Citadel Athletics will invite a local first responder or military personnel to a game to thank them for their service to our community. Contribute to the Holy City Heroes Campaign here.

ORDER OR RENEW SEASON TICKETS HERE.

Please send questions by email to ticketoffice@citadel.edu or calls (843) 953-3647.

The Citadel football team plays Furman University in the 100th meeting between the two teams at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
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