Everyone in the United States remembers those who died on September 11, 2001, as the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks passes on Saturday. The world of sports is no different, as leagues, teams and players across the country intend to honor this anniversary.
Here’s a look at some of the 9/11 tributes in the sports world:
How does college football honor the 9/11 anniversary?
The Navy will adorn commemorative uniforms for its home game against the Air Force on Saturday. The navy blue jerseys will be combined with royal blue pants, white helmets, white gloves, black crampons and red trims, intended to honor fallen heroes.
BYU will release special “9/11 Never Forget” helmets for its home game against Utah on Saturday. The sticker will be placed on the back of the white helmets.
The Nebraska uniforms for Saturday’s anniversary will be a commemorative camouflage to honor those affected on September 11. White camouflage jerseys and pants are a subtle and elegant tribute.
Boston College wears its Red Bandana uniform once a year in honor of former British Columbia lacrosse player Welles Crowther, who died in the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11 after helping others to escape wearing a red bandana. For 2021, British Columbia will be releasing the uniforms twice, making a special exception on the 20th anniversary of September 11. BC will visit UMass on Saturday afternoon.
The Florida Gators are going to turn things around this September 11 anniversary weekend. While the white jerseys and pants remain unchanged, the Florida helmets will be themed with the American flag. Coach Dan Mullen also has special shoes to wear on the sidelines.
Louisville pays a similar homage to Florida, with its traditional red jersey and white pants but an American flag-themed helmet.
Rutgers will honor the 37 former students who died on September 11 with commemorative uniforms on Saturday. The names of these 37 former Rutgers students will be inscribed on the silver helmets.
How does MLB honor the anniversary of September 11?
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The Mets will wear first responder hats from the FDNY, NYPD, Port Authority PD, Department of Sanitation and Department of Correction during their game against the Yankees on Saturday.
Bobby Valentine, who led the Mets in 2001, will pitch the first pitch to Joe Torre, who led the Yankees in 2011. Valentine, along with 14 other players and coaches from the 2001 Mets, will attend the game.
How does NASCAR honor the anniversary of September 11?
Dale Earnhardt Jr., who retired from racing full-time in 2017, will return for an Xfinity Series race on Saturday afternoon in a 9/11 tribute paint scheme. Earnhardt won the first NASCAR race organized after the September 11, 2001 attacks. On Saturday, his No. 8 car will be sponsored by Unilever and “United for America” to honor the victims of September 11. The blue and white paint scheme includes spotlights for the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the Flight 93 memorial site.
Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola will drive a red, white and blue paint scheme at Richmond Raceway on Saturday night for a special cause. Almirola sponsor Smithfield and team owner Gene Haas will donate $ 50,000 to Tuesday’s Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families affected by the 9/11 attacks.
Several other paint schemes will be patriotic for the anniversary, including cars driven by Bubba Wallace, Kyle Larson, Erik Jones, Christopher Bell, Martin Truex Jr., Chris Buescher, BJ McLeod, and Josh Bilicki, among others.