DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team will participate in the Bobcat Bolt 5K/10K road race on Saturday, May 9 (9 a.m.) to honor the memory of Nate and Josh Hardy, sons of Donna and Steve Hardy. Donna worked in the Department of Psychology at the University for many years and Steve is the Faculty Athletics Representative for the NCAA and a sport studies professor at UNH. Josh died of brain cancer in 1993. Nate, a Navy SEAL, was killed in Iraq in February 2008. The UNH team dedicated their 2008-09 season to honor Nate's memory and will run for him this weekend.
“The Hardy family is very special to UNH hockey, the University and the community at large,” Head Coach Dick Umile said. “Nate was close to our program and worked out with our players whenever he was home on leave. The players thoroughly enjoyed his sense of loyalty to his country, his fabulous work ethic and his sense of camaraderie with his team of SEALs. It was all about ‘team’ with Nate.”
Race proceeds go to the Oyster River Alumni Association and the Durham Youth Initiative for the construction of a youth center in Durham in the name of Josh and Nate Hardy. The Wildcats encourage fans to enter the race to support this cause. The race starts and finishes at Oyster River High School.
Immediately following the race, the Oyster River Festival will kick off on the playing fields behind the high school. The UNH men's hockey team will sign autographs and take photos with fans at the Festival. The UNH mascot Gnarlz will also be in attendance.
Click here for more information on the Bobcat Bolt or to make a donation.