The state of New Jersey continues to pull itself together in some parts in the after math of last year’s Super Storm Sandy forcing many to leave their homes. The effects of the storm left a number of people without a home or business and popular sight seeing destinations were reduced to rubble floating in ocean and storm water. This spring Rutgers football is going to pay tribute to the victims of the storm with specially designed uniforms and helmets to be used during the team’s annual spring game.
Rutgers spring uniforms. Photo via Rutgers Athletics Twitter
In all, players will wear the names of 90 different towns in the state that were affected by the storm last year. It is a nice little way of keeping the destruction and tearing apart of many communities close to the minds of the program. Sports can often serve as a release and an escape for those going through troubling times. College football is no exception, so it is warm to see a football program embrace their role as the state’s college football team reaching out in any small way they can.
The efforts do not cease there though. Rutgers is raising money to donate to Sandy relief efforts, with a new t-shirt with the “R-Strong” label printed on it already raising $148,000 for storm victims.
Rutgers will conclude their spring practice schedule on Saturday, April 27.