BENEFITING: PAT TILLMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: Oct 08, 2017
The Loyola University Chicago Army ROTC is honored to have two of our exceptional Student-Cadets represent the Pat Tillman Foundation in our hometown Chicago Marathon on October 8th!
Please show your support for Cadet Samantha Uppleger and Cadet Cesar Zavala as they continue to train for the race. They were selected from over 100 Cadets throughout the Chicagoland area based on their outstanding performance as a Scholar, Athlete, and Service member.
Samantha (Sam) Uppleger
Raised: St. Clair Shores, MI
Education: Projected to graduate Loyola University Chicago w double major BA in International Studies and Spanish
-Board Member "Best Buddies Illinois" - Loyola Chapter, working to ensure individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities needs are meet at the university.
Hobbies: Running, Drawing, Reading
Languages: Fluent in Spanish
Favorite thing about ROTC: “I really enjoy that ROTC has a strong camaraderie and community aspect to it."
Favorite thing about Loyola University Chicago: "I think being in Chicago and having that become such a large part of my growth and education has been incredible."
What motivates you: “Always seeking self-improvement and becoming the best possible me. I suffered a broken vertebrae while training in 2015 and I made a commitment to myself to not quit and do whatever work was required to get back to 100%. This will be my second marathon since the accident and a great reminder of how far I've come."
Favorite quote: “Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain”
- Henry Ford
Raised: Moroleon, Mexico
Education: Projected 2019 Grad from DePaul University in Economics
-Selected to attend internship at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) at Fort Benning, GA this summer.
-3.5 GPA and Member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, International Honor Society for Economics
-Volunteers regularly at St. Vincent de Paul Church
Hobbies: Art, Photography, Rock Climbing, Running
-Will be selling artwork to help raise money for Pat Tillman Foundation
Languages: Fluent in Spanish & German. Currently studying Arabic
Favorite thing about ROTC: “ROTC has provided me with opportunities to travel the country and given responsibilities to constantly challenge myself. I’ve been able to grow as a person and leader by constantly being put outside my comfort zone.”
Favorite thing about DePaul University: “DePaul’s diversity and urban environment has exposed me to people from so many different life experiences, religion, and culture. This has helped me develop and learn as a future US Army Officer.
What motivates you: “I feel a great sense of duty and obligation to give back and serve the community and nation. My family has sacrificed a lot, so I want to do everything in my power to maximize the opportunities I’m given. I will soon be the first person in my family to graduate from college and serve in the military.”
Favorite quote: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it” – Paulo Coelho