July 02, 2024

Cowley Joins the Heat to support our Military

Kansas National Guard at Wellington Heat Game

 In the heart of small-town America, Cowley College and the Kansas Army National Guard joined forces for the second year for a memorable evening dedicated to honoring military service. The Friday, June 28th Military Appreciation Game was sponsored by Cowley College and hosted in partnership with the Wellington Heat baseball team.

Amidst the crackling excitement of the ballpark, a military vehicle proudly stood on display, courtesy of the Kansas Army National Guard. Nearby, a table bustling with information, manned by diligent representatives eager to share insights about their organization with curious attendees.

Cowley College holds a Military Friendly Gold Status, the top rating given to schools that reinforce the education of our service members. Andy Bohn, VA & Military Representative at Cowley College, said, “A big part of how we engage military-affiliated students is through word of mouth and at events like these. The more we are out in the community supporting and appreciating veterans and their families, the more they will promote Cowley to their peers, and we are ready to serve them when they do. Being a Military Friendly School is all about having programs and staff to support active-duty, veterans, and military-connected students through their educational journey.”

The highlight of the evening came when Specialist Monford, representing the Kansas Army National Guard, stepped onto the field to deliver the ceremonial first pitch in front of stands filled with nearly 100 community members, each clutching free tickets generously distributed by the college.

Throughout the game, families strolled past the National Guard's vehicle. Many took advantage of the opportunity to explore its inner workings, fostering a deeper connection between the military and the local community.

As the final innings played out under the stadium lights, the event underscored the powerful bond between Cowley College, the Kansas Army National Guard, and the spirited community they proudly serve. It was a night not only of baseball but of gratitude and camaraderie, celebrating those who dedicate their lives to safeguarding the freedoms cherished by all.

Hunter Ferguson | Integrated Communications Specialist
Cowley College
125 S. 2nd Street
Arkansas City, KS 67005