Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Providence Friars get a change of color in Sandy Hook tribute

The tributes to the Newtown shooting victims continue to pour in from various schools and professional sports teams.  Gestures like writing the names of the 26 victims on sports equipment and moments of silence before games have become commonplace since last Friday's tragedy.

The Providence College Friars upped their tribute to another level Tuesday and changed the colors of their uniforms with the words "Sandy Hook" printed on the back of each jersey.

Instead of their normal black and white uniforms, Providence coach Ed Cooley ordered special green and white game uniforms.  Green and white are the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children and six adults were murdered by a gunman.

Cooley got the idea while watching the news Sunday night and immediately called the school's Nike representative.  He said he wanted to get the uniforms to Providence in time for Tuesday's game against Colgate.

The Big East coach used to coach at Fairfield University, which is in the same county as Newtown, Connecticut.

"I wanted to do something to honor those victims," said Cooley.  "It made me feel really, really special that that was able to happen."

Cooley plans on sending the special jerseys to the families of the victims.

"If we can show the people there that we're thinking of them," he said, "I hope we helped."

Oh yeah, Providence beat visiting Colgate, 79-45.

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