The Xavier basketball team lost over the weekend to Wofford with a score of 55-56. The loss dropped the team to a 7-4 record on the 2012-2013. However, it’s what the team did on and off the court that has them winning in the eyes of many sports fans across the country.
In the game, the team changed their jerseys to a green on white, rather than the normal blue on white. The new jerseys, designed by Nike, also featured the words “Sandy Hook” rather than Xavier on the front. The player’s shorts also featured an eagle mascot, representing Sandy Hook Elementary School. The team is now auctioning off the jerseys to raise money for the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
The jerseys all have starting bids ($200) as of Sunday December 23rd. Shorts, which are starting at $100, do not all have bids. The auction runs through January 4th, 2013. The #12 jersey is currently the highest priced item at $1325.
This move by Xavier is one of many being done by professional athletes to give back to the small town community of Newtown, Connecticut. A deadly school shooting has left 26 people dead, including 20 small children. The NFL paid their respects last weekend with many players paying individual tributes, which ranked in my recent Top 15 NFL Story Lines of 2012.
Xavier, which is based in Ohio, is not the closest university to Newtown. That didn’t stop the head coach and players from doing something meaningful to give back. Here’s to the Musketeers.