NEW LONDON, Conn. — The marching orders for the officer candidates at the Coast Guard Academy involved a bit more bounce on a sunny Tuesday.
That’s because the candidates joined volunteers from Bob’s Discount Furniture and the New York Giants to load in 50 new “Bob-O-Pedic” Mattresses at the Academy’s Chase Hall, Bob’s teamed up with the Giants to make the giveaway possible.
"This is a perfect time for us to get these mattresses…the (officer candidates) are going through some intense physical training so they will need that rest," said Captain Joe Meuse from the Coast Guard Academy.
Ramesh Murthy, the chief supply chain officer from Bob’s Discount Furniture said they love supporting the military and the veterans and all their causes, and they love partnering with the New York Giants.
Also, on hand to make sure the mattress mission was a success, the Giants Ottis “OJ” Anderson, who won two Super Bowls as a running back for the team and was the Super Bowl 25 MVP.
"I’m out here at the Coast Guard Academy to see our future leaders, that’s what I am looking at here – future leaders," Anderson said.
Anderson helped to carry mattresses into rooms at Chase Hall on the Coast Guard grounds.
“They want to make a difference in the World, and I am excited to be a part of that," said Anderson.
The officer candidates are now in week two of a 17-week program.
"These kinds of things mean a lot to us, and this means a lot to the students as well," said Captain Meuse.
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