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Rutgers will play 22 children affected by Hurricane Sandy in spring game

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Nebraska used its spring game as an opportunity to brighten the day of seven-year-old Jack Hoffman. Rutgers will do the same for 22 young boys and girls in a couple of weeks.

The university announced today that it will select 22 children from sixth through eighth grade affected by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy to play the final five minutes of the Scarlet Knights’ spring game on April 27.

The children are asked to submit a short essay or photos. Those chosen will spend the second half of the game on the sideline with their respective teams before participating in the game. What’s more is that the outcome of the five-minute scrimmage will impact the final score.

Rutgers is already doing its part to help relief efforts for those affected by the storm, but this is a wonderful way to reach out further. Well done, Rutgers.

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13 Responses to “Rutgers will play 22 children affected by Hurricane Sandy in spring game”
  1. bleedburgandyandgold says: Apr 11, 2013 12:50 PM

    Pretty neat thing to do I watched that Jack Hoffman video was pretty awesome!

  2. scalpemseminoles says: Apr 11, 2013 1:25 PM

    isn’t rutgers football team 22 young boys and girls anyway?

  3. scoops1 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:40 PM

    good thing Mike Rice isn’t there to toss footballs at em for not hustling on the field

  4. raiderufan says: Apr 11, 2013 1:41 PM

    That’s just awesome….my kid would die if Miami brought him on the field to finish the spring game. This is something those kids will never forget.

    Good Job Rutgers.

  5. barbeaux says: Apr 11, 2013 1:46 PM

    Call me cynical, but this looks like a desperate attempt of getting good PR. Nebraska’s seemed more wholesome….ie Nebraska did it for the kid…Rutgers is doing it for Rutgers. I hope the kids have fun though.

  6. thegamecocker says: Apr 11, 2013 2:09 PM

    Proud of RU for doing this! Go Res Team!!!

  7. thegamecocker says: Apr 11, 2013 2:10 PM

    Red Team!!

  8. kiopta1 says: Apr 11, 2013 4:39 PM

    Seems kinda mean to have a college football team to play against children who were already crapped on by Sandy. I kid.

  9. dryzzt23 says: Apr 11, 2013 6:34 PM

    Nebraska just put Jack Hoffman in there.

    Rutgers announces their plan weeks ahead of time. Note the “The university announced…”. The RU attempt smacks of a desperate PR campaign to generate more revenue from the RU spring game.

    Nebraska’s actions = class
    RU’s actions = exploiting 22 kids

    How about this RU…announce at the game that the 22 kids will get a free ride (4-year scholarship w/all expenses included) at RU if they choose to go there.

  10. stoutfiles says: Apr 11, 2013 7:05 PM

    This sounds like that South Park episode where the kindergarden hockey team played the Detroit Red Wings.

  11. wustlumdnj says: Apr 12, 2013 3:35 AM

    let’s not be so cynical dryzzt23, must we criticize all good deeds because they benefit the person/entity that does them?

  12. hbrwhmmr says: Apr 12, 2013 11:01 AM

    hey dryzzt23, the Spring Game at Rutgers is free. People can donate if they want to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts upon entering.

    Also, did you know that Rutgers provides free tuition to any child of a Rutgers Alum or NJ resident killed in the 9/11 attacks.

  13. hor2012 says: Apr 12, 2013 11:47 AM

    scalpemseminoles says:
    Apr 11, 2013 1:25 PM
    isn’t rutgers football team 22 young boys and girls anyway?

    That’s funny as hell. Tastless but funny

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