Chris Smith ’92 (BUS), Husky men’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer (left), gathered current and former basketball players to help Jason Jakubowski ’99 (CLAS), ’01 MPA, president and CEO of Connecticut Food Bank/Foodshare, hand out groceries at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.
Smith and Jakubowski were sporting Smith’s latest business venture: Wear Ya Mask! tees. The idea came to him last March, says Smith, while standing in line at a neighborhood shop in Shelton, Connecticut, and watching two guys in front of him get into a heated debate over the merits of mask wearing. Smith says that growing up in Bridgeport, Connecticut, he saw too many arguments turn ugly and dangerous, so he quickly paid for his items and left.
But later that night as he went to sleep, he kept thinking about what he could have done to intervene or to encourage the guy who was not wearing a mask to put one on for the consideration of everybody in the store. He realized that if he’d been wearing a shirt with a slogan like “Wear Ya Mask!” he could have said something without having to actually say anything.