The ROTC Bulldog Battalion at Bowie State University recently hosted a group of more than 50 students from The Young 500 program at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, located in Baltimore City, to introduce them to military careers including a campus tour and group sessions of push-ups and flutter-kick exercises.

The elementary school students learned about Bowie State University’s campus during a tour. Following the tour, the group gathered in the Theodore McKeldin Gymnasium where they competed in a push-up contest where students were given one minute to do as many correct push-ups as possible. The top three students, including one who completed 60 push-ups, were awarded t-shirts while the entire group was given additional Bowie State memorabilia.

The students were provided lunch while professor of military science for the University, Maj. Timothy Blackwell addressed the group. “The day served as an excellent mentoring opportunity for students at the elementary level,” said Maj. Blackwell in a prepared statement. “The ROTC students at the University are setting an example for these children to follow and we hope they will remember this experience when they graduate from high school and begin to make important decisions about continuing their education.”

The Young 500 program promotes academic enhancement and interest in higher education. Bowie State University’s Army ROTC program plans to continue the partnership with this group as a way to provide direction and motivation to America’s youth.