UConn paid tribute to the 26 Sandy Hook elementary victims with a moment of silence before Monday’s game versus Maryland Eastern Shore. The players and cheerleaders — some holding candles — stood in a circle around the XL center midcourt logo during the national anthem. Each Husky had a “SH” (for Sandy Hook) embroidered on their uniforms. Ryan Boatright had the school’s initial written on his left cheek, and Shabazz Napier warmed up in a “Sandy Hook 26” T-Shirt.
“I let them express themselves,” said UConn coach Kevin Ollie. “I’m not going to take that individualism away from them.”
Ollie said he’d like to get to Newtown for a practice and/or autograph session sometime after Christmas. Some other words from Ollie:
*”We’re going to continue not just to have moments, but have a movement where we can stop this violence. I think a moment is just not enough. We always have moments and it goes away. Hopefully, we’ll have a movement.”
Ollie echoed Barack Obama’s words by saying, “we have to change.”
*”We’re going to be available to them, whatever they want to do. We’re going to be available to them and hopefully bring a smile or two to their faces.”