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SDSU is nation's first on-campus site for Team RWB chapter

South Dakota State University is the first on-campus chapter for Team Red, White and Blue in the nation. Team RWB, which has nearly 200 chapters across the country, has the mission of enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Team RWB also has a chapter in Rapid City.

SDSU’s first event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Miller Wellness Center on campus. The initial event is centered on playing volleyball but other activities are being held with COVID-19 restrictions in place. The chapter will meet on the third Saturday each month with planned various physical activities.

Team RWB SDState is open to all who are interested in becoming members of the chapter. Various activities are planned throughout the year. Team RWB SDState is open to everyone who support veterans. One can be a veteran, active military, ROTC member, National Guard/Reserve or a civilian.

“Team RWB is thrilled to launch our first chapter on a university campus. We look forward to positively impacting the health and wellness of the veterans and community of South Dakota State University,” said Bana Miller, Team RWB’s director of marketing and communications.

Connie Johnson, SDSU’s coordinator for Veterans Affairs, brought the idea of creating a chapter to Shari Landmark, director of the Miller Wellness Center.

“It’s a natural fit for us as we work with Veterans Affairs on other programs,” Landmark said. “We are able to bring different activities to our community, including hosting events for this chapter. We are thankful to offer this event and provide other opportunities for our local vets. It’ll take some time but It’ll grow and become a great opportunity to share their stories and connect.”

In addition to Johnson, chapter captains are Andrew Ellis, lecturer; David Exton, senior military science instructor; and Bethany Gross, assistant professor of aerospace studies.