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12 Signs You Might Bleed Blue

UConn Foundation
UConn Foundation

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With Homecoming right around the corner on Oct. 19, 2019, all of UConn Nation is invited to join the celebration. Not sure if that means you? We hope this list will help.

1. You think a dining hall tray is a perfectly acceptable sled.

There’s nothing quite like a snowy trek to Horsebarn Hill in the winter. And who had the space for an actual sled in a dorm room?

 

2. You can’t help but feel that volleyball just isn’t volleyball without a little (a ton) of mud.

Oh, OOzeball. Although it takes five showers to feel clean afterwards, you’ll always have a place in our hearts.

 

3. When someone says, “The Jungle,” you don’t think of trees and rivers.

If you weren’t there, you’ll never know. And if you were there, you’ll never forget.

 
 

4. Rubbing a nose for good luck is just a thing you do.

 

Hey, we’ve all got our things.

 
 

5. You own So. Much. Flag. Blue.

From T-shirts and towels to socks and sweatshirts, how exactly did you manage to wrangle up so much UConn swag in your closet? And yet you still want more…

 
 
 

6. You know all the secrets to removing blue face paint.

You may not be Dale Nosel, but you know a thing or two about getting a fresh face again after game day. You also know champions don’t sleep in their face paint. Your pillow thanks you.

 
 
 

7. You know how to execute a perfect dismount from a lofted bed.

They might as well deem you captain of your dorm’s gymnastics team for your epic moves. 10/10 from us, for sure.

 
 
 
 

8. Your favorite type of dog is a husky. Because, obviously.

No description needed. 13/10.

 
 
 
 
 

9. In your heart, there’s only one true Basketball Capital of the World.

And that’s where your best friends Geno and Dan are!

 
 
 
 
 

10. You can navigate Campus Construction like a champ

You know every foot path, cut through, and short cut to still make it to class on time. We’d follow you anywhere.

 
 
 
 
 

11. You know the best ice cream ever can be found in a bar.

Does anyone even truly live before experiencing UConn Dairy Bar ice cream?

 
 
 
 
 

12. You’re a pro at painting rocks.

You may not be Picasso or van Gogh, but you know a thing or two about getting flag blue in all the nooks and crannies of a giant slab.

 
 
 
 
 

Come back home to UConn for Homecoming this year!

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Former All-American Caron Butler Makes Gift to Basketball Center at UConn

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The UConn Foundation is excited to announce that former UConn men’s basketball All-American Caron Butler and his wife Andrea have made a gift in support of the Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center.

Caron Butler earned All-American honors and was the Big East Conference Player of the Year and the Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 2001-02, and led the Huskies to the NCAA Elite Eight. After that season, Butler was an NBA Draft lottery selection with the 10th pick by the Miami Heat. He is a two-time NBA All-Star, 2011 NBA Champion as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, and is in his 14th season in the NBA, currently as a member of the Sacramento Kings.

Butler returned to campus in February and was inducted as a member of the Huskies of Honor, which recognizes the great players in UConn history.

“Andrea and I met at UConn, and it has always held a special place in our hearts,” stated Butler. “Being recognized in the Huskies of Honor event brought back so many incredible memories and emotions. Coach Jim Calhoun and all the coaches—Karl Hobbs, Dave Leitao, George Blaney, and Tom Moore—have played a critical role in my life, and Andrea and I are blessed to be able to give back in this small way.”

“We are extremely grateful to Caron and Andrea for their support. We have raised more than $33.5 million in private support toward this project with another $3.5 million needed to complete it. Caron and Andrea’s commitment is meaningful as we work to complete the fundraising for the Center and hopefully provides an example that others will follow,” said Joshua Newton, UConn Foundation President and CEO.

Butler, whose gift amount remains private, hopes that his act of giving inspires others. “I want everyone who values UConn and its student-athletes to understand that every gift matters, small or large,” Butler added.

“Any time a former student-athlete makes a gift we are grateful, as it shows how much UConn still means to them,” said Rachel Rubin, Interim Director of Athletics. Butler’s Husky pride does run deep. In fact, he recently said that he is “elated that UConn has been loyal to the Husky Brotherhood” by hiring former UConn and NBA player Kevin Ollie as head coach of the men’s team.

“We truly appreciate Caron and Andrea’s commitment to the project,” Rubin continued.

The 75,000-plus square-foot Werth Family UConn Basketball Champions Center facility features two separate wings for the men’s and women’s basketball programs. It includes common areas for academic support, sports medicine, and strength training areas, as well as separate practice gyms, locker rooms, coaches’ offices, meeting rooms, and video analysis theaters.

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