Texas A&M University named the 2021 Operation Hat Trick Excellence in Service award winner

HAMPTON, NH, May 25, 2021 - Operation Hat Trick (OHT), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting wounded U.S. combat veterans, has named Texas A&M University its 2021 Excellence in Service award winner, for its outstanding effort in aiding the recovery of wounded U.S. combat service members and their commitment to OHT. In recognition of the University’s impact, OHT will make a donation to the Brazos Valley Cares on the University’s behalf. Six other universities were named EIS finalists; the University of Arizona, George Mason University, Utah State University, North Dakota State University, Western Michigan University, and Clemson University.

"I am very proud of what Texas A&M has done, and continues to do, to support Operation Hat Trick and those wounded service members and veterans who are working hard to recover and reclaim their independence,” said Dot Sheehan, Founder and CEO of Operation Hat Trick. “Despite a year of challenges, they have shown not only a commitment to support OHT but also a commitment to support their local community, which is so critical. We at OHT are honored and proud to be their partner."

“Texas A&M University has a long history of supporting our nation’s military. We are proud to help Operation Hat Trick improve the lives of wounded service members and veterans around the country as well as in our local community,” said Kyle Pope Director of Collegiate Licensing and Brand Development at Texas A&M.

Excellence in Service is an OHT program that recognizes universities for their support and demonstrated their commitment to supporting veterans by generating significant sales of branded merchandise and promoting Operation Hat Trick on campus, at retail, in their communities and through their social media, advertising and marketing campaigns.

About Operation Hat Trick:

OHT generates awareness, support and funding for the recovery of America’s wounded service members and veterans. The organization pursues these goals through the sale of OHT branded merchandise, proceeds of which are distributed to selected organizations supporting the OHT mission. Operation Hat Trick is supported by more than 500 universities and colleges, 21 National Hockey League teams, 15 NBA teams, 165 high schools, more than 70 Minor League Baseball teams, and over 80 companies. For more information, to give online or to purchase OHT apparel and merchandise, visit

About Texas A&M University:

Texas A&M opened its doors in 1876 as the state's first public institution of higher learning. Today, we stand as a research-intensive flagship university dedicated to sending Aggie leaders out into the world prepared to take on the challenges of tomorrow. Texas A&M was founded in 1876 as a military academy, and they are proud of their long-standing tradition with the military. Texas A&M University has served student veterans since 1919 and is a national leader in service to our students who are veterans, active duty, military dependents, and survivors. For more information, visit

About Brazos Valley Cares:

Brazos Valley Cares is devoted to supporting individuals who have served in the United States military services, and their families, with additional consideration given to the Brazos Valley. For more information, visit