First off, I just want to thank every single one of you for your support thus far towards my hometown of Newtown, CT. I attended that school, Sandy Hook, when I was in grade school. I am deeply saddened by the events that transpired, and I as well as my community have been profoundly affected. With that said, I wanted to take a moment to thank the “sports world” and individual athletes who have paid their tribute to my hometown.
Victor Cruz, a beloved athlete of Jack Pinto, age six, who unfortunately lost his life during the massacre, visited the Pinto family earlier this week. Cruz delivered the cleats and gear that he had marked up with Jack’s name for this past Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, to Pinto’s family. Cruz reportedly even played Madden 13 with Jack’s older brother, and his friends. I could tell you that the whole community appreciated the acts of Victor Cruz, and even though I am a New York Jets fan, Cruz will always have a special place in my heart, because of his acts towards the Pinto family.
In relation to the New York Giants, the team wore helmets for their game vs. the Falcons with S.H.E.S. decals, signifying Sandy Hook School, on the red stripe that goes down the helmet. The Jets also did the same thing, however their decal was to the left of the quarterback green decal on the bottom of the helmet.
Brady Quinn of the Kansas City Chiefs wore an armband with a bible verse and S.H.E.S. written on it.
J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans wore a glove that said Newtown, CT on the palm of the glove.
Before the Tennessee Titans game against the Jets, Chris Johnson wore cleats that had the names of all of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.
The NFL as a whole paid tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy, holding a moment of silence before every game during Week 15. The NBA did this as well during their weekend games.
Baylor basketball player, Pierre Jackson wrote Sandy Hook on the white part of his green and white shoes to wear during his game against USC upstate.
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder also wrote Newtown, CT, on his shoes for his game against the Sacramento Kings.
So many other teams and players also have paid their tribute, and I can speak for myself and the town in that we all appreciate it so very much. At our local youth academy, linebackers from local Semi-Pro teams came to support the town and play with the young kids. And rumors that many more teams will come to town are floating in their air as well. With all of this said, it is clearly evident that the sports world as a whole has come together to pay their respects to the town, and that is truly just awesome.
The coming days will be tough, as school goes back into session. At my school, the high school, it has been a tough road but we are all getting through it together. Newtown, as mentioned in most, if not all of the interviews, is such a tight-knit community, and everyone is there for each other. Together we can do this, and your continued support will only make it easier.