Ryan Manion Borek, president of the Travis Manion Foundation, spoke to Villa Maria students as part of the foundation’s Character Does Matter program. The Travis Manion Foundation, founded and named for Borek’s brother, who was killed in action in Iraq, assists veterans and families of the fallen by empowering them to take the next step in their personal journeys and inspire the next generation of leaders.
Citing the motto, “If not me, then who?” — the words Travis spoke before leaving for his second and final deployment to Iraq — Borek challenged the students to be of service here at home, and to ask themselves what they can do each day. She discussed what she calls the four pillars of character: courage, integrity, leadership and service. Borek also asked the students to “adopt” a fallen soldier, Lt. Valerie Cappelaere Delaney, a Naval Academy graduate killed in a training accident in March 2013.’
After Borek’s presentation, seniors Grace Kuroki and Bryn Carickhoff showed a voideo they had created about gender diversity, and conducted a discussion of these issues with the students.
Villa Maria’s March 18 dance marathon and talent show, “Voices for Veterans,” will benefit The Travis Manion Foundation.