Aaron Naraine was born while his father was stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. From a young age, Aaron was motivated to begin preparing himself to become a Marine. He was a JROTC cadet in high school and decided to attend Old Dominion University because of ODU’s Navy ROTC.

“My father retired from the Marines after 20 years active duty, and my uncle served as a reservist in the Marine Corps,” Aaron explained. “I knew how Marines conduct themselves and what Marines stand for. I saw joining the Marine Corps as something that would set me apart from my peers.”

Aaron recently finished his junior year at ODU and reported to Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. Upon graduation from Old Dominion in 2020, Aaron will be commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps. “Participating in ROTC has definitely influenced me positive,” Aaron said. “In addition to my regular 15-credit course load each semester, I have ROTC activities every morning and at other times during the week. The schedule has challenged me and prepared me for my future career as an officer.”

As part of his dedication to the military, Aaron is coordinating his fraternity’s fourth annual car show as a fundraiser for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. While Kappa Sigma sponsors several philanthropic events, the car show has become the most popular, drawing participants and attendees from across the region. “Hampton Roads has a huge car culture,” Aaron explained. The Kappa Sigma car show recently received an award for best community service event.

The car show will be held September 29 from noon to 3pm in a parking lot on the ODU campus. The rain date for the event is October 6. Anyone can register for the car show, with any make or model of car, truck, or motorcycle. “There’s a huge population of people who come to the show from military bases in our area, and local residents who come out to show off their cars. The whole fraternity comes out to support and represent.”

Last year’s event included 30 cars and more than 100 guests, and Aaron hopes to double those numbers this year. His fundraising target is at least $2000, but he’s hoping to more than double that amount as well. Revenue for the car show comes from registrations and sponsorships.

“As Kappa Sigmas, our goal is to give back to the military community,” Aaron said. “Our main philanthropic campaign is supporting military heroes. Out of the 80 brothers in ODU’s chapter of Kappa Sigma, 10 serve in ROTC. We also have many brothers who are prior servicemembers in all branches of the military, and several who are active duty enlisted or officers. It’s a huge honor for us to support the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.”

 

By Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso

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