Parents of Sandy Hook child killed in 2012 massacre to attend Winthrop game

February 6, 2014 

On March 1, Steve and Rebecca Kowalski will attend the Winthrop men's basketball game as guests of head coach Pat Kelsey. Kelsey became friends with the Kowalskis after their son, Chase, was one of 20 students killed in December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

During a news conference after a game against Ohio State following the shootings, Kelsey urged national leaders to address gun violence. Twenty-six people died in the mass shootings in Newtown. Kelsey’s post-game comments attracted national attention. He later followed up with the Kowalski family and the Kelsey and Kowalski families have become friends, said Jack Frost, assistant athletic director at Winthrop.

The Kowalskis have accepted an invitation to attend a game against Presbyterian. (Note: An earlier version of this story said they would be here for Saturday's game against Campbell. Winthrop officials announced the change late Thursday.)

The Kowalskis will be recognized during the game.

Winthrop players will also wear on the back of their jerseys the names of the children killed at Sandy Hook. Coaching staff will wear pins to remember the adult victims.

Steve and Rebecca Kowalski will join pregame ceremonies on the court at Winthrop Coliseum.

The family has set up a foundation in their son’s honor. The CMAK (Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski) Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation was established in memory of Chase.

To donate to the foundation, go to

For more information, go to the Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund page on Facebook, or follow the organization on Twitter @ChaseKowalskiMF.

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