BCS host donates $80,120 to UConn's Sandy Hook fund
Updated 12:53 am, Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The University of Connecticut's Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund, which honors those who died in the tragic shooting in Newtown, has received a gift of $80,120 from the host of the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.
The donation from the Orange Bowl Committee represents $1 for every fan in attendance at Monday night's BCS National Championship Game, where UConn Athletic Director Warde Manuel received the check on UConn's behalf at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., according to a release on the school's website.
Donations and pledges totaling more than $720,000 had been made to the fund before Monday's announcement, with more coming in each day.
The Orange Bowl Committee's gift brings the Sandy Hook scholarship fund to about $800,000.
More than 4,000 people have donated to support college costs for siblings of those killed in the Dec. 14 assault in Newtown, the dependents of the adults who lost their lives, and students currently enrolled at the elementary school and are accepted to attend the University.