Monday, December 17, 2012

UConn Honored Newtown Victims Both as Team and Individually Monday Night

Some people feel oversaturated by Newtown coverage by now. While it may be tough to watch on TV, with children being buried, I feel the tragedy must continue to be on our minds and not get lost in the inevitable next news cycle. I've concentrated just about all of tonight's game story to tonight's tributes to Sandy Hook's victims.

Apparently, Kevin Ollie agrees with me.

"We're going to continue to not just have moments, but have a movement, where we can stop this violence," he said after UConn's perfunctory, 84-50 whipping of awful, 0-10 Maryland-Eastern Shore. "Because I think a movement is not enough. We always have moments and they go away. Hopefully, we have a movement."

Ollie added he'd like his team to visit Newtown sometime after Christmas to conduct a practice, a youth clinic, an autograph session or "something, for the kids." The Huskies honored the victims Sunday night at a vigil in Mansfield, and again tonight in many ways, both as a team and individually.

Ryan Boatright had "S-H" written on his left cheek. Shabazz Napier wore a t-shirt that read "Sandy Hook 26" during pregame and halftime warm-ups. DeAndre Daniels and Enosch Wolf each had Sandy Hook-related messages inscribed on their high-tops.

Prior to the game, the players and cheerleaders gathered in a circle around midcourt, holding candles during a moment of silence. The Nova Youth Choir sang the national anthem (sorry some of it got cut off):

Here's some more video from what Ollie, Napier and Boatright had to say about the tragedy and their respective ways of remembering it:

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