By Brian Gargone
Asst. Media Relations Director
Last week The Citadel earned an award that only five schools in the nation were honored with when Lt Gen John W. Rosa accepted The Washington Center 2013 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award in Washington, D.C.
The award, which has been given annually since 2009, recognizes institutions achieving breadth and depth of civic engagement through sustained and mutually transformational partnerships that define and address issues of public concern at any level from the local to the global.
Senior running back Terrance Martin played his role in helping his school achieve the exclusive national honor. Most cadet-student-athletes already have to quickly learn to balance a day filled with athletic duties, Corps responsibilities and studies, but as a four-year member of the football team, Martin manages one additional duty that he feels is the most important – helping others through community service.
“From the first day on campus we are expected to serve others,” said Martin in an interview with the Charleston Post & Courier. “Service makes better leaders.”
Martin, who has played in 39 games with six starts through his four years with the Bulldogs, is averaging 5.2 yards per carry and has reached the end zone twice this season, both with runs of eight yards or more.
Last weekend, Martin scored on a 13-yard rush to pull the Bulldogs within six points at Georgia Southern. The Cowen, Tenn., native also scored on an eight-yard run in the second quarter of the home opener against Charleston Southern to put the Bulldogs up 16-0.
In the classroom, Martin studies criminal justice and hopes to pursue a career in forensic psychology upon graduating from The Citadel this spring. He hopes to continue to make a difference in the lives of the younger kids he helps in the community.
Martin spends the remaining time he has as an active philanthropist in the Charleston area. He visits elementary schools and helps children understand their potential. Martin has also become a well-known face around Healing Farms Ministries where he helps the non-profit organization achieve its mission of providing sustainable community-based supports that promote inter-dependence and empower adults with developmental disabilities, their families and communities.
In his four years as a cadet-student-athlete, Martin has bettered the Bulldog football team, The Citadel Military College and the Charleston community, so there is no doubt that the unselfish senior will have his hand in achieving his life goal – “to make the WORLD a better place.”