Starting on March 14, 2013, Quinnipiac Soccer will be auctioning off #26 shirts donated by soccer teams from around the world to raise money for a scholarship fund in memory of Rachel Marie D’Avino.

Rachel was one of the 26 victims of the tragic shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on December 14, 2012.

The proceeds of the auction will be used to establish a scholarship fund in memory of the 20 students and six teachers who died at Sandy Hook and will be dedicated in honor of Rachel.

Sandy Hook Elementary is approximately 30 minutes from Quinnipiac University and has two close connections to their soccer program. The 2011 captain, Kyla Miles went to Sandy Hook and knows a number of the victims while the 2002 captain, Lauren Carmody lost her cousin Rachel D’Avino, a teacher, in the shooting.

Quinnipiac University will be collecting shirts through February because some national associations have committed to sending one of their shirts from this week’s round of international friendlies, World Cup qualifiers or African Cup of Nations games. The tentative plans are to post pictures of the shirts and host the auction in March or April.

If your club has not yet donated there is still time to show you care. Please send shirts to:

Dave Clarke, Head Women’s Soccer Coach,
Quinnipiac University,
275 Mt. Carmel Avenue,
Hamden, CT 06518,


Dave can be reached on email at