Two weeks ago, the nation was in shock and horror as a tragic and unimaginable shooting at an elementary school left 26 dead; 20 whom were young children between the ages of six and seven. As their names, faces and personalities were revealed our hearts broke a little more and we mourned the loss of young lives interrupted that were bright full of promise.
One of the young victims, Jack Pinto was an avid New York Giants fan, in fact he was buried in the jersey of his favorite player wide receiver, Victor Cruz. Cruz spent time with the Pinto family and described the experience as emotional and very humbling.
This Sunday, the Giants have announced that a large contingent of special fans will take part in their regular-season finale against Philadelphia on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Nearly 400 students, parents and faculty members from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., will attend the game and play a key role in pregame festivities.
Along with 50 members of the Wounded Warriors, the Sandy Hook contingent will form a path from the team tunnels to the field, and the Giants and Eagles will run through it onto the turf. Sandy Hook residents will also circle the field for the national anthem, and all will share in a moment of silence before the game.
I applaud the Giants organization for this classy move to help in the healing process. Maybe, if only for an afternoon Sandy Hook residents can experience the wonder of an afternoon of football, laugh a little, cheer a little and have some semblance of normalcy. I hope that as they heal when a bad day occurs they can go back and remember that one afternoon and smile. This is when I love football the most, when it reaches out and embraces the community becoming bigger and better than the game itself.
Psalm 30:5 says “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
Let the morning come and the joy begin…….
Your Jersey Girlfriend,