American Soccer Players Honor Newtown Victims

December 26, 2012

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting which took the lives of 26 innocents, several American soccer players have found ways to honor the victims of the violence in Newtown, Connecticut.

Notably, San Jose Earthquakes forward Marcus Tracy, USMNT and AZ Alkmaar striker Jozy Altidore and USWNT players Abby Wambach and Heather Mitts have all made efforts to show their support.

Abby Wambach pledged on Twitter to honor all 26 victims with “random acts of kindness” (she later changed the number to 27 to honor the shooter’s mother who was also killed) and also challenged her followers to do the same.

Many USWNT fans have been sending their acts to Wambach and Heather Mitts on Twitter, many of which the two have been re-tweeting.

Marcus Tracy, who grew up only three miles from Sandy Hook Elementary School, got together with some old friends to produce the following music video to honor the victims.

And finally, Jozy Altidore played AZ Alkmaar’s Friday match against FC Twente with the names of the 26 victims written on his cleats.

Postscript: Chris Canetti, President of the Houston Dynamo, has announced via his Twitter account that a tribute game featuring Alexi Lalas, Mia Hamm, Megan Rapinoe, Christie Rampone, Corey Ashe, Tally Hall, Brian Ching, Ricardo Clark and Brad Davis will be held in Newtown to honor the victims on January 7.

John D. Halloran

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2 Responses to American Soccer Players Honor Newtown Victims

  1. Evan on December 27, 2012 at 10:25 am

    The USWNT also all wore bands on their arms that said SHES during their 12/15 match against China:

    • John D. Halloran on December 27, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Thank you for sharing that.

      I remember that some of the players said over Twitter that they were dedicating that game to Sandy Hook, but I don’t remember the wristbands.

      Thanks for reading.

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