STORRS, Conn. --- Appropriately on Veterans Day, UConn men’s golf coach Dave Pezzino has announced that the spring tournament hosted by the Huskies will be played in honor of returning U.S. veterans.
The Til Duty Is Done Collegiate Invitational, a three-round, 54-hole event, will be held on April 11-12 at the Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Baltic, Conn. The event has been named after Til Duty Is Done, a nonprofit company based in Connecticut with the goal of providing safe, secure, and stable housing for veterans while they participate in skilled labor training programs and then aid in finding employment. TDID’s aim is to reduce veteran homelessness, unemployment, and help with reintegration.
“Til Duty Is Done does such important work,” Pezzino said. “In the next year or so, the amount of veterans coming back to Connecticut will increase significantly and they will need the training and support that Til Duty Is Done can provide to help them adjust back into society.
“I think it’s very important that our golfers and the young people of their generation realize the sacrifices that have been made by these men and women.”
Many of the volunteers helping to run the tournament will be military veterans.
“Til Duty Is Done is humbled by the University of Connecticut golf team’s desire to name this year’s invitational tournament in our honor,” said Justin Nash, the founder and chairman of TDID. “This is another fine example of UConn’s commitment to serve our nation’s veterans.”
The tournament is expected to consist of 13 teams. Besides UConn, Central Connecticut, Bryant, Holy Cross, Fordham, Canisius, Hartford, Rhode Island, Fairfield, Sacred Heart, Towson, Binghamton, and UMass-Lowell have committed to compete.
“The men and women who serve our country in the armed forces allow all of us to live a life of freedom here in the United States,” said UConn Athletics Director Warde Manuel. “We are very proud that our men’s golf program and head coach Dave Pezzino will honor Connecticut veterans this spring by honoring the members of the Til Duty Is Done program.”