Newtown, Conn. family visits Winthrop

Published at 11:16 p.m. on March 1, 2014 | Modified at 12:10 p.m. on March 2, 2014

After an impassioned speech following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in December 2012, Winthrop University Basketball Coach Pat Kelsey formed a friendship with Steve and Rebecca Kowalski of Newtown, Conn. Their son, Chase, just 7 years old, was one of the 20 children killed inside Sandy Hook. On March 1, 2014, the Kowalskis visited Kelsey at Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C. They were a special part of pre-game ceremonies and Kelsey's post-game interviews. In honor of the children killed at Sandy Hook, Winthrop basketball players wore each child's name on their jerseys. The Kowalskis have established a foundation in Chase's honor to help children and families stay active and foster community throughout the nation. To donate to the foundation, go to For information, go to the Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund page on Facebook, or follow the organization on Twitter @ChaseKowalskiMF.

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