Orange Bowl Committee Gives $80,000 To UConn Sandy Hook Scholarship

Monday night’s BCS National Championship game has resulted in a donation to the University of Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The Orange Bowl Committee presented a check for $80,120 to UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel — one dollar for each fan attending the game between Notre Dame and Alabama at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Orange Bowl President O. Ford Gibson and Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco presented the check,  which brings the total in donations and pledges to the fund to about $800,000.

UConn established the fund after the December 14 killings of 26 students and educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.  Siblings of the students killed, dependents of the adults killed,  and students currently enrolled at the school who are accepted at UConn will be eligible for the money  scholarship fund.

It’s possible to donate $10 with a cellphone text message to 50555, and putting “uconn newtown ” in the test.  UConn alums should add their name and graduation year.

Or,  donations can be made on the online giving page at,   or mailed to “Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund” at 2390 Alumni Drive, Storrs CT  06269-3206.

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