Winthrop coach gives passionate plea on Connecticut school shooting

Winthrop coach gives passionate plea on Connecticut school shooting

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 9:01 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio --  Winthrop’s basketball coach Pat Kelsey gave an emotional speech Tuesday on the Connecticut school shooting.

His team played Ohio State Tuesday night and after the game, during the press conference, Kelsey gave a passionate speech about the change that needs to be made in the U.S. after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Kelsey is also a father of two young daughters.

"I'm really, really lucky because I'm going to get on an eight-hour bus ride, and I'm gonna arrive in Rock Hill.  I'm going to walk into my house, and I'm going to walk upstairs, and I'm going walk into two pink rooms, OK, with a 5-year-old and a 4-year-old laying in that pink room, with a bunch of teddy bears laying in that room.

"And I'm going to give them the biggest hug and the biggest kiss I've ever given them. And there's 20 families in Newtown, Connecticut, that are walking into a pink room with a bunch of teddy bears with nobody laying in those beds. And it's tragic."

Click the play button above to see the full speech.

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