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ODU Joins National Program to Sell Camouflage Caps to Benefit Athletic Scholarships, VA Fund

Old Dominion University is participating in Operation Hat Trick (OHT), a national program that sells customized hats to raise funds to support university athletic scholarships and programs and the Veterans Administration General Post Fund. The hats feature a unique camouflage design paired with "ODU" stitched on the front. The caps are available for sale now at the University Village Bookstore.

The OHT program was born at the University of New Hampshire to memorialize Nate Hardy and Mike Koch, two U.S. Navy SEALs who were killed in action in Iraq in 2008. The original initiative was focused on producing collegiate caps that could be provided to soldiers that suffered head injuries. Soon it became clear that the sale of the hats could do even more good if they were made available to others. Now the OHT program has evolved into a national initiative with participation by more than 26 universities across the country.

ODU athletic director Wood Selig welcomes the opportunity to support the OHT initiative. "We are honored to participate in the OHT program and believe ODU fans and supporters will want to support the program by buying ODU/OHT caps," said Selig. "We know our fans and alumni both love ODU and appreciate our military, and this program allows them to support both at the same time."

OHT founder and director Dot Sheehan is pleased to have another major university join and support the initiative. "The primary objective for the OHT program moving forward is to build support and funds for our soldiers and veterans seeking medical treatment in VA medical centers," said Sheehan. "We are excited about ODU's participation in the program and believe that Monarch supporters will come out in support of our veterans by purchasing ODU/OHT caps."

For more information about the program, contact Trey Derrenbacker at (757) 683-3151 or Dot Sheehan at (603) 862-4677. Retailers interested in carrying OHT caps should contact Cole Price at (770) 956-0520.

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