October 24, 2011

UNH Partners with American MoJo

DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire (UNH) is proud to announce its Operation Hat Trick partnership with American MoJo – (Moms and Jobs, Inc.), a company based in Lowell, Mass.  MoJo puts single mothers to work and pays their salary, healthcare and daycare costs allowing them to be self sufficient for the first time.  MoJo is owned by two UNH alums, Tom & Darr Aley.

“This is an extremely important partnership – one that helps recovering soldiers and veterans (Operation Hat Trick) and one that creates sustainable employment opportunities for moms in need,” said Dot Sheehan, Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Relations at UNH.  “We’re talking about helping wounded soldiers with Operation Hat Trick and creating jobs with MoJo.”
 
Cara Aley, President and Chief Operating Officer of American MoJo said, “We are proud to partner with Operation Hat Trick; our missions are like-minded in that each of the two demographics represented by our companies will thrive with the public awareness and funding that results from the purchase of our co-branded products.  Lives are changing for the better for veterans via Operation Hat Trick and for single moms via American MoJo, and we are thrilled with the opportunities that are growing from our combined effort.”
 
The first Operation Hat Trick/MoJo venture features Operation Hat Trick blankets manufactured by MoJo.  The blankets will be sold as part of UNH’s Making a Difference month beginning with a sneak preview at the Homecoming football game on October 29th and continuing through November in celebration of Veteran’s Day in honor of all those who have sacrificed for their country. “During our most recent trip to Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Medical Centers, one young soldier told me he would have his first full night’s sleep in 6 months after putting an Operation Hat Trick/MoJo blanket over his seriously wounded body.  It quickly became clear that these Polartec blankets were going to be very popular,” said Sheehan.

Operation Hat Trick was founded at UNH and started as a hat program for those soldiers recovering from serious head wounds.  It is dedicated to Navy SEALs Nate Hardy (son of a UNH Professor) and Mike Koch, two best friends who trained together, fought together, died together and who are buried side by side at Arlington National Cemetery.  Operation Hat Trick will go national in early 2012 with newly designed hats and will expand its product line by adding MoJo blankets.

Blankets are $30 and will be sold at all home football games and online, click here to purchase.

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