On Tuesday night, the manner in which Providence College paid tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting was enough to send chills down your spine.
For their game against Colgate, the Friars substituted their normal black and white uniforms for green and white ones that match the color scheme of Sandy Hook Elementary. In addition, the nameplate on each player’s uniform read “Sandy Hook.”
PC coach Ed Cooley said that he had asked the school’s Nike representative on Sunday night whether it would be possible to get fresh uniforms for the Tuesday game. They ended up arriving the morning of the game.
“I can’t thank Nike enough,” Cooley said, “because we felt we had to do something to acknowledge what those people are going through in Connecticut. I couldn’t watch all this without being moved, like so many people. If we can show the people there that we’re thinking of them, I hope we’ve helped.”
Yet perhaps the most touching tribute on PC’s part was in the stands. The school blocked of 26 seats in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center — one for each of the Newtown victims.
Well done, Providence College. You earned your 79–45 victory on Tuesday night and then some.