HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) made its annual trip to Hamden Youth Services at the Keefe Community Center to spend the morning with youngsters of the New Haven area. Aged from three to five, children enjoyed laughs, smiles and presents from Santa Claus with Bobcat student-athletes.
“It was a really great day to give back and help the kids at Hamden Youth Services get in the Christmas spirit,” said S.A.A.C. women’s volleyball senior Taylor Payne. “They were all very well behaved until Santa paid them a visit and they were able to open their presents! It really helped me realize that even when you stop believing in Santa, the holiday season is still so much about giving and believing in the good of other people. Their grateful smiles and their appreciation for us were plenty of a reward for getting up early and taking some time out of finals week to go deliver some presents!”
Quinnipiac’s student-athletes read to the children and then sang a variety of Holiday songs. After that, Santa Claus visited the center and began distributing gifts to everyone. The children eagerly ripped away the wrapping paper to see their presents. The student-athletes helped out with clean up and assisted the kids with their new toys.
The visit was coordinated by Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator Tracey Flynn and was joined by Payne, Jake Cetera (Men’s Cross Country), Emily mason (Women’s Lacrosse) and Greg Pendergast (Men’s Lacrosse). The visit to the Keefe Center, which has become an annual tradition, is part of Quinnipiac’s Positive Play initiative which encourages community involvement by Quinnipiac’s student-athletes, coaches and administrators.
Quinnipiac's SAAC is comprised of team representatives from the athletics department's 21 intercollegiate sports. It mission is to provide a communications link between the student-athlete population and the Department of Athletics, encourage communication and unity among and between student-athletes and teams, increase awareness of athletic programs on campus and in the community through projects, and design and implement programs which will encourage academic achievement, health promotion, social responsibility and awareness throughout Quinnipiac University.
Please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com to see all of the Quinnipiac’s Athletic initiatives.
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