Amanda Schwengel

November 16, 2021

University News

U.S. Navy Leap Frogs drop in on Auraria to honor vets

MSU Denver and other campus institutions welcomed the elite U.S. Navy Parachute Team as part of a celebration of students, faculty and staff members who have served their country.

Amanda Schwengel

November 16, 2021

The Leap Frogs hit their mark on the Auraria Campus Monday, dropping in on the downtown Denver campus to honor students, faculty and staff members who are veterans.

The U.S. Navy Parachute Team dates back to 1969 and is made up of active-duty Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen and support personnel who perform throughout the country.

In addition to honoring veterans, the event on Monday kicked off a pep rally celebrating the MSU Denver women’s volleyball team, which plays in the Rocky Mountain Athletic conference tournament this week as the No. 1 seed. The Roadrunners are the top-ranked team in the country and clinched the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference regular-season title with a perfect 18-0 RMAC record.

Photo of Leap Frog participant with parachute and American flag
The Leap Frogs, the official U.S. Navy Parachute Team, is made up of active-duty Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen and support personnel. Photo by Alyson McClaran
Members of the MSU Denver women's volleyball team cheer on the U.S. Navy skydivers who dropped in on the Auraria campus
Members of the MSU Denver women’s volleyball team cheer on the U.S. Navy skydivers who dropped in on the Auraria campus on Nov. 15, 2021. Photo by Alyson McClaran
A member of the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team floats down to the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver
A member of the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team floats down to the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver on Nov. 15, 2021. Photo by Alyson McClaran
A U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team member lands on the Auraria Campus
A U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Team member lands on the Auraria Campus on Nov. 15, 2021. Photo by Alyson McClaran
Members of the Leap Frogs, the official U.S. Navy Leap, Parachute Team gather near the Tivoli Student Union after landing on the Auraria Campus
Members of the Leap Frogs, the official U.S. Navy Leap, Parachute Team gather near the Tivoli Student Union after landing on the Auraria Campus Monday to honor veterans. Photo by Alyson McClaran
Leap Frog participant hovers in the sky with parachute
Each Leap Frogs team member has conducted real-world military operations before volunteering to join the elite parachute unit. Photo by Alyson McClaran
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