The Newtown tragedy is far from being forgotten as the Virginia Tech Hokies will be featuring a new helmet for the Russel Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28 in Orlando.
The school knows all too well what tragedy feels like as they themselves have faced a similar incident on April 16, 2007, when a gunman killed 32 people on campus and injured an additional 17.
The helmets will honor the recent tragedy victims in which 26 people, including many children between the ages of five and 10, were gunned down in Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Conn., earlier this month.
Both of these tragedies have combined for some of the most gruesome and infamous school shootings in history and the Hokies are making sure the victims will always be remembered.
The helmets feature a ribbon, half orange and half green, representing the two school joining as one. In the center of the ribbon in the number 58 which represents the total number of victims from the two shootings. With that number is the word ‘PREVAIL’ in all capital letters.
This is an inspiring act of sincerity on Virginia Tech’s part as they have been wearing these purple helmets with the decal for all of their bowl practices leading up to their match-up with Rutgers on Friday.
The helmets that they will be wearing on Friday will have the same decal but a smaller version of it.
While this infamous event is one that we would like to soon forget as a country, we should always remember the innocent lives that were lost on that fateful December day.
While this is the season of giving, a selfish man took something that can never be replaced: the hope and dreams of children and the aspirations that their families had for such promising youth.
The same thing goes for Virginia Tech. Everyone involved in these horrific events were taken far too soon and life had yet to play out for a majority of the victims.
Virginia Tech realizes that some things are bigger than football, and I’m glad that some people understand that some things, even the most important things in their lives, come second at times.