Dec. 18, 2012
STORRS, Conn.- The UConn women’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. when they welcome Oakland (5-5) to the XL Center. The No. 2 Huskies enter the contest with an 8-0 record after defeating back-to-back top-ten opponents in No. 9 Maryland and No. 10 Penn State in early December. Wednesday’s game will be televised regionally on SNY and broadcasted live on the UConn Radio Network.
The University of Connecticut will hold special pre-game ceremony before Wednesday’s game in honor of the tragic incidents that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last Friday. Fans are asked to be in their seats for these games by 6:50 p.m. for the ceremonies.
In response to the grief and shock accompanying the tragedy in Newtown last Friday, the University of Connecticut has created a memorial scholarship fund to honor those who died. The Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Connecticut will cover college costs for any students who currently attend the elementary school, as well as siblings of those killed in the assault and dependents of teachers and other adults who also lost their lives, who are accepted to attend the University in the future.
UConn’s Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma and his wife, Kathy, have made an $80,000 lead gift to the fund. Donations will be collected through the University of Connecticut Foundation to establish a fund in anticipation of supporting the Sandy Hook Elementary students enrolled in the K-4 grades today who will be of college age beginning in approximately 2021. For siblings and dependents of those who died, funds will be immediately expendable to provide them with scholarship assisstance. To the extent that funds are available, they will be awarded on the basis of financial need. If any funds remain once the needs of the groups above have been met, they will be used to benefit any future students from Newtown who attend UConn.
To learn more about the The Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship and how you can donate, please click here.