Six Air Force Jr. Reserve Officers Training Course teams from six schools participated in the Patriot Games February 2 on the Cactus High School campus, 6330 W. Greenway Road. Each school in the West Valley that offers the JROTC takes a turn hosting the event. American Legion Arrowhead Post 144 sponsors and supports the high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs at the Sandra Day O’Connor, Deer Valley, and Cactus schools where they fund scholarships, certificates, and recognition award medals for the JROTC outstanding cadets. More than 200 cadets from Cactus, Peoria, Deer Valley, Buckeye Union, Sunnyslope, Shadow Mountain, West- wood, and Moon Valley high schools were scheduled to participate.
Physical education and activities are an integral part of the JROTC programs. Fun, sportsmanship and friendships are three important elements.
Events included the JROTC Relay, Iron Cadet Challenge, Ultimate FrisBall (a frisbee and football hybrid game), dodgeball, volley tennis, Flickerball, and tug-of-war. Senior Kurt Ford and Junior Connor Southard were the cadets in charge of the event.
The games are supported with financial and manpower assistance from American Legion Posts 144 and 145, the Cactus AFJROTC Booster Club, staff members from Cactus High School, and local military recruiters. Trophies are awarded for first and second place in each individual event, as well as first-, second- and third-place trophies overall.