Army ROTC Hosts 5K Race on Behalf of
Jonathon Kohl ’10
Last month, more than 140 members of the campus community participated in the Run For Kohl 5K event. The event was hosted by the Mohawk Battalion Army ROTC to benefit Jonathon Kohl ’10, who was injured in a helicopter crash while deployed in Afghanistan.
During his time at Rensselaer, Kohl was involved in Greek Life (in SAE), as well as ROTC and other on-campus activities. The Army has always been part of Kohl’s life. A native of Harleysville, Penn., Kohl’s father served as an Army officer as well as on active duty and in the reserve. Kohl noted that growing up with his father in the Army had an impact on his decision to follow in his footsteps, in terms of military service.
Before the race, a letter from Kohl’s wife, Aileen (Lennon) Kohl ’09 (who could not be in attendance), was shared with the audience.
“On behalf of 1st LT Jonathon Kohl and myself, we would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who has come out today to run,” Aileen wrote. “Please know that although Jon cannot run beside you in person, he will be running with each of you in spirit. When you feel like giving up, please let Jon’s fighting spirit take you to the finish line! Enjoy this run and take pride in knowing that each and every dollar helps ALL of our warriors.”
“Jon is a true warrior in every way,” the letter continued. “He has defied all the odds and fought every second to make it home. There is still a long road ahead of us as he continues recovery. The help and support that Wounded Warrior Project is able to provide to Jon and other wounded warriors gives them comfort and hope in this difficult time. Thank you again for taking the time out of your busy schedules to take part in this event. Take pride in knowing that this cause is a good one and that each and every dollar helps in his recovery and the recovery of many other wounded warriors.”
To date, the event has raised more than $4,800. All proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Thousands of wounded warriors and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs and services designed to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.
For more information, and to support the Wounded Warriors
Project and the Run for Kohl, visit support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/runforkohl/.