Known as the varsity sport of Army ROTC the GKB Ranger Challenge team trains 6 days a week starting the week before classes start. That training is in preparation for a competition held in October against the other schools in Cadet Commands 2nd Brigade. The Ranger Challenge competition includes a PT test, a timed road march, and soldier skills events like assembling and Army weapons and performing first aid tasks. Typically in the upper echelon of teams, the GKB lives the Warrior ethos of “never accepting defeat” and “always placing the mission first”.
Honor, Respect, and Selfless Service are on display whenever the GKB color guard presents the colors at local sporting and community events. Whether its the annual 9/11 ceremony, Commencement, Commissioning, or a veterans day parade the color guard is there. Always present for Men’s and Women’s D1 Hockey games at Cheel Arena. They even journey down to Canton to be part of one of the greatest rivalries in college sport, a Clarkson vs St Lawrence hockey game.
Hockey and the Boot
And speaking of hockey…the Army looks for Scholar/Athlete/Leaders to become Army Officers. In the North Country hockey is king and many Cadets and Cadre demonstrate their athletic prowess by stepping on the ice. The GKB team is always a force in the intramural league. The Cadet team also takes on Air Force in an annual rivalry known as the Boot Competition. The boot competition is comprised of a soccer game in the fall, hockey in early spring and a basketball game near the end of the school year. Win two out of three and the Boot trophy resides in your headquarters until next year. We have also established a tradition of inviting the Fort Drum Mountaineers up for a game each year.
Clarkson Guard/Bear Patrol
These two student organizations on the campus of Clarkson and SUNY Potsdam are groups of students who support the military. Increasing awareness and visibility of students who serve and supporting deployed alumni with care packages are some of the activities these groups participate in. Cadets are encouraged to support these organizations.
Army 10 Miler
The largest 10 Mile road race held in the nation occurs each October, and for the last 5 years the GKB runners have been part of the festivities. With help from the Fort Drum chapter of the AUSA and hosts that have included parents and most recently one of the Clarkson Trustees, the trip to DC to participate in the ATM is always a highlight of for the team. GKB runners can also be seen at many of the local runs and races to include the Hobble Gobble run and Frozen Foote series.