Operation Hat Trick (OHT), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting wounded U.S. combat veterans, has recognized Utah State University’s outstanding efforts in aiding the recovery of wounded U.S. combat service members and veterans by naming the school a runner-up for its 2019 Excellence in Service Award. In recognition of the school’s impact, OHT will make a donation to Cache Valley Veterans Association on the university’s behalf. Operation Hat Trick Founder and President Dot Sheehan presented the Excellence in Service Award May 22 in Atlanta.
Utah State was one of four finalists that included The University of Arizona, Clemson University and the University of South Florida. 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.
Utah State’s efforts generated thousands of dollars in donations to help veterans recover from the visible and invisible injuries suffered in combat.
“Utah State University is proud to support Operation Hat Trick and its efforts to assist the recovery of wounded service members and veterans,” said Heidi Adams, trademark licensing director at USU. “Our Aggie family is honored to be a part of the OHT family as it helps fill the critical gaps in care for our wounded and recovering service members.”
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 Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Veterans Count, the Navy SEAL Foundation, the Travis Mills Foundation, Liberty House, Project Sanctuary, Semper Fi Fund and the Yellow Ribbon Fund.
“Utah State 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.”
Utah State University has partnered with the Cache Valley Veterans Association for the past two years, with OHT providing a natural link between the two organizations. CVVA provides an invaluable service to local veterans, including university students, staff, and faculty, and USU looks to continue the successful partnership in order to assist and provide for these important members of the community. USU’s Trademark and Licensing Program works closely with OHT in its annual Salute to Service game with proceeds benefiting CVVA and OHT.
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 400 universities and colleges, 130 high schools, 21 National Hockey League teams, 15 NBA teams, more than 80 Minor League Baseball teams and over 90 companies.
For more information, to give online or to purchase OHT apparel and merchandise, visit www.operationhattrick.org.