May 9, 2013

Pioneers Show Patriotism; No. 1 in Writing Letters to Troops

Fairfield, Conn. (May 10, 2013)—Sacred Heart University student-athletes sent more letters to American troops than any other athletic department in the state and were ranked in the top 10 nationally of schools that participated in Friends of Our Troops’ Christmas 2012 campaign. Pioneer student-athletes sent more than 1,000 letters this past holiday season. Through their SAAC representative, each student-athlete was asked to write 1-2 cards to send.

“It’s nice to be No. 1 in anything, but to be the No. 1 college in Connecticut and No. 1 in the nation in sending letters to our troops we have established a wonderful culture of respect  and appreciation and in community outreach,” said Executive Director of Athletics Don Cook. “It’s not often enough that as American citizens we take the time to express our gratitude to those who risk their lives to keep us safe. I couldn’t be more proud of our student-athletes who took the time from their daily routine to devote hours to write to our troops. Among all the outreach programs we participate in the simple gesture of writing to our men and women in uniform is the highest form of respect and patriotism.” 

Friends of Our Troops is a non-profit organization that puts together mail packages to send to members of the United State Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.