Texas A&M University wins Operation Hat Trick (OHT) 2017 Excellence in Service award for improving lives of U.S. veterans
HAMPTON, N.H., May 11, 2017 – Operation Hat Trick (OHT), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting wounded U.S. combat veterans, has recognized Texas A&M University’s outstanding efforts in aiding the recovery of wounded U.S. combat service members and veterans by naming the school the winner for its 2017 Excellence in Service Award. In recognition of the school’s impact, OHT will make a donation to Brazos Valley Cares on the University’s behalf. Operation Hat Trick Founder and President Dot Sheehan presented the Excellence in Service Award on May 11 in Nashville.
Texas A&M was one of five finalists that included Boise State University, The University of Oklahoma, The University of Alabama and Old Dominion University. The finalists were chosen based on their efforts to fully integrate OHT on their campuses through a presence in their bookstores and other retail outlets; promoting veterans’ causes through their social media properties and advertising campaigns; and generating additional revenue that will be used to support the recovery of wounded service members and veterans.
Texas A&M’s efforts generated thousands of dollars in donations to help veterans recover from the visible and invisible injuries suffered in combat.
“Operation Hat Trick exemplifies the Texas A&M University core value of selfless service and is perfectly aligned with our brand. It is a privilege for Texas A&M to work with Dot Sheehan and OHT to make an impact in the lives of those who have sacrificed so much for their country,” said Kyle Pope, Program Manager of Collegiate Licensing at Texas A&M.
A portion of each sale of OHT branded merchandise is donated to select organizations that support the recovery of wounded service members and veterans. Through the sale of branded merchandise and member donations, Operation Hat Trick donations have helped dozens of organizations that provide direct services and support to wounded service members and veterans. They include: Project Sanctuary, The Yellow Ribbon Fund, Easter Seals/Veterans Count, the Navy SEAL Foundation Semper Fi Fund, the Warrior Bonfire Project, Liberty House, Ironstone Farm, Mac-v Veterans Alliance, Homes for Our Troops, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
“Texas A&M has shown the kind of commitment to our veterans we’re hoping to inspire all over the country,” Sheehan said. “Raising funds is a critical part of meeting their needs, but just as important is raising awareness of their struggles so we never forget our obligation to help them overcome their injuries and enjoy full lives.”
About The Collegiate Licensing Company
The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), the trademark licensing affiliate company of IMG College, has been the leader in connecting passionate college fans to their favorite college brands for more than three decades. CLC represents over 160 of the nation’s top colleges, universities, bowl games, athletic conferences, the Heisman Trophy, and the NCAA. The collegiate partners that entrust CLC to protect, promote, and grow their brands comprise nearly 80% of the $4.6 billion retail market for collegiate licensed merchandise. For more information, please visit www.clc.com.
About Operation Hat Trick
OHT generates awareness, support and funding for the recovery of America’s wounded service members and veterans. OHT pursues these goals through the sale of OHT branded merchandise, proceeds of which are distributed to selected organizations supporting the OHT mission. The non-profit organization has partnered with hundreds of sports teams, including more than 350 universities and colleges, 130 high schools, 21 National Hockey League teams, 15 NBA teams, 165 high schools, more than 70 Minor League Baseball teams, and over 80 companies.
’47 (www.47brand.com) is the exclusive headwear partner of Operation Hat Trick. For more information, to give online or to purchase OHT apparel and merchandise, visit www.operationhattrick.org.