We’ve seen numerous teams of many sports support the victims of the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
As of Thursday night, we can document one more team that has provided their own tribute to the 27 victims killed during the horrific event.
The BYU Cougars had a nice subtle tribute to the victims on their helmets during the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday night against San Diego State.
It was simply a decal on the back of their helmets that had the letters “SHES” with a pink, blue and yellow balloon to represent the girls, boys, and staff lost after the catastrophic event.
This is showing the respect for victims and the athletes are demonstrating their ability to be good role models for children. It is important for kids to understand the importance of safety and these athletes are just reinforcing that by showing their sympathy and concern after the event.
BYU’s defensive secondary coach Nick Howell is a family friend of the Parker family that lost their daughter Emilie in the school tragedy, so honoring the victims was especially important to him.
These tributes are not big and elaborate, but they don’t need to be; it is the thought that matters and I’m sure the victims’ families of Sandy Hook are appreciating the support from teams around the nation.
I’m guessing that this will not be the last tribute to the victims during the bowl season but it’s good to see athletes continuing these tributes, as they are often the most publicized people in the media.