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Coach Matt Plitnick will bring his Columbine (Colo.) boys lacrosse team to Newtown, Conn., on Thursday for a memorial service. Columbine is on a three-game tour of the New York-Metropolitan area, one which opened this morning at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

If any school can relate somewhat to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., it's probably Columbine (Littleton, Colo.).

The suburban Denver high school, which endured a deadly school shooting in 1999, is presently on a three-game boys lacrosse trip to the New York City area, and will spend some time visiting nearby Newtown, site of the recent horrific school shooting that left 20 students dead.

According to Mike Dougherty of The Journal News, the trip was already in the works when the shooting at Sandy Hook, Conn. took place in December.

Columbine opened its tour with a game against Yorktown at West Point on Wednesday before taking on John Jay and Fordham Prep on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

Tonight, teachers from Sandy Hook will be preparing dinner for Columbine at its Danbury, Conn., hotel, and members of the community will present the team with ribbons to wear during pregame warm-ups.

"It actually was brought up that having them do something for us would benefit them more than us doing it for them, which at first doesn't make sense, but really it does," Columbine head coach Matt Plitnick told MaxPreps.

Columbine will then join the Newtown community on Thursday for a short prayer before its game against John Jay in Cross River, N.Y. The trip concludes in the Bronx on Saturday with the Fordham Prep game.

"Being from Columbine, we received a tremendous amount of support after our tragedy and if we can show that a community can rise up and become stronger, then we are happy to help," Plitnick said. "This is something we are very passionate about."