Connecticut native Andre Drummond pays tribute to Sandy Hook victims

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Before each game now, Andre Drummond write 27 “SH”s on his shoes – one for each victim in the Sandy Hook shooting. For Drummond, who was raised in Connecticut, the tragedy hits close to home. And though he’s aware that being an NBA player gives him a platform to pay tribute, that’s not why he’s expressing himself through his shoes.

“Even if I wasn’t here, I would still do something like that, anyway,” Drummond said. “That’s just the type of guy I am. I just love to show love to others.”

Newtown is close to Middletown, where Drummond grew up. He knows people from Newtown. He played high school basketball in Newtown. His connection is so deep, he called Newtown his hometown multiple times.

Like many of us, he’s not sure exactly what to say about the events of Dec. 14, so for now, 54 letters will have to do.

“It’s definitely a hard, hard thing to think about,” Drummond said.

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