(ROCKWALL, TX — October 5, 2018) Yesterday, Oct. 4, Rockwall High School 2017 graduate Jazzlyn Birk-Cockburn participated in the Run to Dallas event – a longtime tradition of the Red River Shootout football game between the University of Texas and Oklahoma University.
Jazzlyn and her 43 fellow classmates of the UT Naval ROTC Battalion ran the game ball from the UT campus to the Cotton Bowl Stadium at Fair Park in Dallas. The run took the group through Waco, Hillsborough and Waxahachie for a total of over 400 miles!
Jazzlyn, a Midshipman Third Class sophomore at UT, has always wanted to be a Longhorn. Her love of the military stems from having a grandfather who served in the Navy. While in high school, she served as a member of the Rockwall Police Explorers program.
“I’m super proud of Jazzlyn! It was nice to see her representing Rockwall in such a positive way,” said Jazzlyn’s mother, Stacy Back. “It was pretty cool to see these young men and women put their entire hearts into this big-time tradition.”
The OU NROTC Battalion also runs their game ball from the OU campus to the Cotton Bowl in their own Run to Dallas event. The two units then deliver both game balls to the officials.
To cap off the run event, the two Battalions took to the field at Wilmer-Hutchins High School today for a flag football game.
The Red River Shootout game takes place Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Cotton Bowl. The game will kick off at 11 a.m.
By Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News. Courtesy photos.
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