HARRISONBURG, Va. - In conjunction with Military Appreciation Day at the Nov. 17 game against Old Dominion, the James Madison University football coaches and support staff will be supporting Operation Hat Trick (OHT). The group will be wearing the OHT hats during the NBC Sports Network nationally-televised game against the Monarchs.
Founded by the University of New Hampshire Athletics Department, Operation Hat Trick sells hats to help support the recovery of wounded soldiers and veterans through the VA General Post Fund. The program is dedicated in memory of Nate Hardy and Mike Koch, both Navy SEALs who gave their lives serving their country. The program was initiated in order to deliver free hats to wounded soldiers in VA Hospitals across the nation and has grown in scale and is now available nationally for schools wanting to participate.
The JMU Bookstore will also be selling the special OHT hats in the team store at the game as part of the effort to support our troops overseas. Ten percent of all sales will go to the VA General Post Fund, which provides money to patients and their caregivers for recovery, comfort kits, travel for family members, etc. All VA medical centers nationwide-152-receive assistance from the fund. An additional 10 percent will go to the school to use in supporting their local charity.
More information on the effort can be found at http://www.operationhatttrick.com.