Early last December, the Bulldogs of The Citadel and the Keydets of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) faced off for a charity hockey game – the Third Annual Military Classic of the South on Ice (www.militaryclassiconice.org at the Raleigh (N.C.) Ice Plex. The Citadel captured its first winning trophy in the series after defeating VMI 5-4, but the real winner of the game was The American Legion’s Legacy Scholarship Fund.

For the past three years, The American Legion Department of North Carolina has teamed up with The Citadel and VMI to conduct the charity contest which benefits the Legacy Scholarship. Since the Military Classic’s inception in 2008, more than $14,000 has been raised for the scholarship, including the $4,000 raised during December’s game.

And as a result of their continuing participation in the Military Classic and efforts to raise funds for the Legacy Scholarship, American Legion plaques will be presented to the two teams during the Department of North Carolina’s midwinter conference on Feb. 19.