UConn player’s tribute to Sandy Hook victims
by Chris Strauss, USA TODAY Sports
In a state with no professional sports franchises, the University of Connecticut basketball teams have always served as a unifying presence among residents usually divided between allegiances to the Red Sox or Yankees and Giants or Patriots.
Monday night the Huskies’ men’s team played their first home game since Friday’s tragic school shooting in Newtown, located less than an hour away at Hartford’s XL Center.
Several players showed their support for the victims, but sophomore Ryan Boatright took it a step further in the contest versus Maryland-Eastern Shore, initialing “SH” onto his face for the game.
Via Hartford Courant:
“After the game, an 84-50 UConn victory, Boatright talked of his two sisters — ages 8 and 10 — and said, ‘It’s just heartbreaking. I can only imagine what those families are going through. My prayers go out to the families.’”
In addition to Boatright’s gesture, all of the UConn players wore patches with a green background, black outline and “SH” in white which will remain on their jerseys all season. Several other players also commemorated the tragedy with messages written on their shoes.