Everything takes a back seat when tragedy strikes.
As Providence College's head coach Ed Cooley followed the coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, he knew that he wanted to do something to honor the victims and show support to the families who were impacted.
Bernie Augustine of the New York Daily News reported that Cooley:
...called Nike, the program's uniform supplier, and the company was able to deliver green uniforms with white trim (the elementary school's colors) along with green and white sneakers to the school (college) by Tuesday morning. In place of player names, SANDY HOOK was printed on the backs of the jerseys. In addition to the uniforms, a banner was hung in section 201 at the Dunkin' Donuts center that read "Newtown, Connecticut: We Have You In Our Thoughts And Prayers" with ribbons on each side of the banner. Twenty-six seats were left empty at the arena with a green bow affixed to the back of each seat.
The jersey's were worn in the Friar's game over Colgate.
While this gesture didn't wipe away the disaster or heal the heartache of the families, every little act of concern and empathy makes a difference.