The Fairfield University women’s soccer team will play a spring exhibition game against Southern Connecticut State University at 7 p.m. Friday at Nighthawk Stadium in Newtown. Admission is free.
“There is no one that I know that wasn’t affected in some manner by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December,” Fairfield coach Jim O’Brien. “Playing this game in Newtown and doing the clinic is just our small way of letting the community know that they will always have a place in our hearts.”
Fairfield will wear special green jerseys for the game, with the Town of Newtown Seal and a commemorative ribbon on the sleeve. Over the numbers on the back of the jersey, in place of player names will be ‘Sandy Hook’. The Stags will wear the tops as their warm-up shirts during the 2013 seasonl.
The Stags and Owls will host a clinic for Newtown Soccer Club members prior to the game.
“We feel both privileged and humbled to be part of such a wonderful event in Newtown,” said Southern Connecticut coach Adam Cohen. “Thank you to Marc Kenney for allowing us to honor the strong and resilient people in this community.”
Kenney is the girls’ soccer coach at Newtown High School and was O’Brien’s assistant coach at Southern Connecticut.
“Newtown High School is excited to host two of Connecticut’s premiere collegiate programs in a game to honor those affected by the events of December 14,” said Kenney. “My close relationship with Coach O’Brien and the fact that both Casey Frobey and Kasey Schulz are former Newtown student-athletes, make this a special opportunity.”
Casey Frobey, a 2010 Fairfield graduate, and current Stag senior Kasey Schulz are both from Newtown. Both players are expected to attend Friday’s game and will be presented with green Fairfield/Sandy Hook jerseys.