On Monday, April 5th, Saints cornerback Leigh Torrence gave the keynote speech at the United States Coast Guard Academy to kick-off "Eclipse Week," a six day, annual event combining leadership and mentoring for past and present military members. Torrence addressed over 1,100 Cadets, faculty, and staff, discussing the importance of helping others and setting goals for yourself as you rise to the top of a given field. He also shared his journey which led him to Stanford University and then to the NFL as a successful athlete and mentor. Following his speech, Torrence held a question and answer session where he touched upon a variety of topics such as diversity, education advocacy, and community work.
Earlier that day, Torrence was given a tour of campus and had the opportunity to sit down with Admiral Scott Burhoe, Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to discuss what it means to be a member of the U.S. Coast Guard and the core values of the Academy. He then headed to the wardroom where he sat down for lunch with Officers from several diversity organizations, talking about the issues currently effecting Cadets on campus. The afternoon wrapped up with a tour of the athletic facility and a meet-and-greet with the Head Coach and players for the Academy's football team.