Fresno State named a finalist for first Operation Hat Trick award for commitment to improving injured U.S. veterans’ lives

HAMPTON, N.H., May 17, 2016 – Operation Hat Trick, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting wounded U.S. combat veterans, has recognized Fresno State University’s outstanding efforts in generating awareness and support for the recovery of wounded U.S. combat veterans by naming the school as a finalist for its first Excellence in Service Award. In addition to the award, Operation Hat Trick will make a donation to Operation Finally Home on behalf of Fresno State. www.operationfinallyhome.org

Operation Hat Trick (OHT) donates a portion of each sale of OHT branded merchandise to those selected organizations that support the recovery of wounded service members and veterans. Fresno State has demonstrated its commitment to supporting veterans by generating sales of branded merchandise and promoting Operation Hat Trick at sporting events and through its social media channels.

Fresno State helped OHT fund veterans’ organizations by prominently displaying OHT products in its own retail locations and encouraging retailers who carry the university’s merchandise to do the same. It also promoted OHT to its social media followers, raising awareness of veterans’ issues. Combined, the university’s efforts generated thousands of dollars in donations to help veterans recover from the visible and invisible injuries suffered in combat.

Operation Hat Trick Founder and President Dot Sheehan presented the Excellence in Service Award on May 17 at the Collegiate Licensing Company Annual Seminar in Atlanta.

“Fresno State University has shown the kind of commitment to our veterans that 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.”

Fresno State was one of four finalists that included the University of Alabama, the University of South Carolina, and Michigan State 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 helping generate sales to finance donations.

Operation Hat Trick is dedicated to American service members as they recover from the visible and invisible wounds of war and move past the traumas of battle so they can focus on their lives and families at home.

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. The non-profit organization has partnered with hundreds of sports teams, including more than 300 universities and colleges, 130 high schools, 21 National Hockey League teams, more than 70 Minor League Baseball teams,NASCAR and over 50 companies.

About Fresno State University
Founded in 1911, California State University, Fresno is a public comprehensive university and one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. The university has a total enrollment of 23,060 undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students. It offers bachelor's degrees in 60 areas of study, 45 master's degrees, three doctoral degrees, 12 certificates of advanced study, and two different teaching credentials. For more information please visit www.fresnostate.edu.

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 nearly 200 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.

For more information, to give on line or to purchase OHT apparel and merchandise, visit www.operationhattrick.org.47 Brand (www.47brand.com) and The Collegiate Licensing Company (www.clc.com) are the exclusive headwear and licensing partners of Operation Hat Trick.