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New York Giants Will Host Sandy Hook Students, Families and Teachers on Sunday

December 30th, 2012 at 7:25 AM
By Casey Sherman

The New York Giants are the team geographically closest to Sandy Hook Elementary School, where the devastating shooting took place, taking the lives of 26 innocent children and adults. During Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Giants will host many of those affected by the terrible tragedy.

Head coach Tom Coughlin addressed his team, informing them on who would be in attendance, and stressed how important it is to honor them by playing well.

"I spoke to the team [Friday] morning about that," Coughlin said. "What it really means to all of us is, we were so taken aback and so shocked and felt so badly for the families … not only the families of the children, but the principal, the school psychologist and the real heroes who knew exactly what was coming and still charged and attacked and knew what the outcome would be. It’s Giant country, and we know that. To have that group from the Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Newtown community come down for this game with Philadelphia, it means a great deal to us and we would certainly like to honor them."

The group will consist of nearly 400 students, family members and faculty. They will take part in a special pregame ceremony, which will include forming a path for the players to run through during their entrance from the team tunnel to the field. The guests of honor will also circle the field during the singing of the national anthem. A moment of silence will also be held in remembrance of the young lives lost.

"The best we can do is take each individual and play to the best of his ability and make a statement as a team as well. We’re not alone in our passion and empathy for this school and for their lost loved ones. I’m sure an entire country feels that way, but it’s special for us to have them here this weekend" Coughlin continued.

Several Giants players have taken it upon themselves to do what they can to help those affected. Wide receiver Victor Cruz traveled to Newtown to spend time with the family of six-year-old Jack Pinto, a huge Cruz fan, who was one of the students killed in the shooting.

"I think it’s great. I think it’s awesome," Cruz said. "I spoke to the Pinto family last week just to check up on them and see how they’re doing and they’re coming along well. They’re going to be at the game also. So I’m excited to see them again and I think it’s good for them to get away a little bit and spend some time on a Sunday afternoon watching some football and getting their minds off of things a little bit."


Tags: Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz

4 Responses to “New York Giants Will Host Sandy Hook Students, Families and Teachers on Sunday”

  1.  Dirt says:

    It will be great to cheer for some real heros on that field today. Not the fake sports heros, which Coughlin’s Giants have even somehow found a way to not live up to.

    Nothing can top the level of sadness of what happened to these kids and faculty on that day.

    But it’s pretty sad that Coughlin’s had to talk to his team about the importance of playing hard for these kids. Can’t tell them to play hard because it’s their job, because that hasn’t worked. Can’t tell them to play hard for pride that they don’t have, because that hasn’t worked. Now we’re telling them to play hard for this terrible situation.

    Everything about it, especially for the kids and families, is sad. I wish, as a small gesture, the Giants would come out and thrash the Eagles, to send all the honorees home with at least a temporary smile, but, this sad bunch of coaches and leaders don’t instill much hope.

    •  GmenMania says:

      +1. It truly is sad. Let’s just hope that this team can put forth some effort this week and beat the Eagles for all the heroes from Newtown.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    Fire Coughlin?

  3.  GmenMania says:


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