HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team brought joy to several athletes on Sunday afternoon, as the Bobcats joined the Connecticut Special Olympics at the QU Recreation Center on the Mount Carmel Avenue campus. Team members took pictures with and cheered on participants at the annual Holiday Sports Classic, which featured hundreds of competitors from all over the state.
"It was a pleasure for our entire program to help out with the recent Special Olympics basketball event held here at Quinnipiac University," said Head Coach Tom Moore. "Our players and staff enjoyed spending time with the athletes and sharing in their competition. We'd like to thank local organizer, Jimmy Reynolds, for giving us the chance to help."
The yearly classic consists of several events that take place all over Connecticut. Unified Sports Basketball took place at the Recreation Center, while additional sports such as bowling, volleyball, powerlifting and dance were at other venues throughout the New Haven area.
"We were thrilled to have the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team at this year's event," said Jim Reynolds, the director of the Special Olympics Holiday Classic basketball tournament. "The players are great with the athletes and really have a positive impact on the participants. We greatly appreciate all of the support from Jack McDonald, Coach Moore and men's basketball program, who really make this such a wonderful event."
The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
The men's basketball team is back in action on Monday night at Lehigh University.
Contact: Tony Distasio; Ardistasio@Quinnipiac.edu