Via The Victory Formation:
Providence and Nike did something awesomely touching for Tuesday’s game against Coglate.
Ed Cooley, the Friars coach, used be the head coach at Fairfield, which is only 25 miles away from Newtown, Connecticut. It was only natural that Cooley wanted to do something special to honor the lives of the 26 victims at Sandy Hook Elementary.
The university contacted Nike and asked them to provide customized jerseys without the players names on the back. Instead, they had the names replaced with ‘Sandy Hook.’ Not only were the names changed, but Providence and Nike changed the colors of the jerseys to match that of Sandy Hook. The Friars have black and silver, but wore green and white during their game.
“I wanted to do something to honor those victims,” Cooley said via The Associated Press after his team’s 79-45 rout of Colgate. “It made me feel really, really special that that was able to happen.”
Bravo to Cooley, and for Nike obliging. Providence also blocked off 26 seats at the game.
(Photos via Friar Blog; @ChelseaJana)