Courtesy Tufts Sports Information
MEDFORD, Mass. – When the Tufts
men’s ice hockey team takes the ice on Friday night, they
will have not one, but two goals. Beat Hamilton and raise
money and awareness for a great cause. The Jumbos will be
using Friday night’s game as a fundraiser for The Special
Operations Warrior Foundation.
Game time is slated for 7 p.m. and when the Jumbos take the ice they will be wearing special jerseys. Those jerseys in addition to special pucks and hats will be for sale. There will also be a raffle, with all proceeds from the night going to the cause.
Jumbo alum John Murphy, a 2007 graduate and four-year member of the Tufts Hockey team, served in the military and will be dropping the puck for Friday night’s contest.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation started in 1980 after an effort to rescue 53 American hostages in Iran ended tragically with a helicopter and an airplane colliding, resulting in eight deaths. Those eight left behind 17 children, and the foundation began to help those children.
Today, the foundation provides college scholarships for the surviving children of fallen Special Operation Forces in addition to educational and family counseling and advocacy support. They also provide immediate financial assistance to severely wounded and hospitalized special operations personnel.
“We are excited for a great night on Friday and are looking forward to helping raise awareness and money for a foundation that supports a great cause,” head coach Brian Murphy said. “The team has done a great job of getting involved and supporting the community and Friday should be a great night honoring a special organization.”