HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac men's basketball team recently enjoyed a trip to the Achievement First Bridgeport Academy in Bridgeport, Conn. as part of QU's Positive Play Initiative, designed to encourage community service by Quinnipiac's student-athletes, coaches and staff. Head Coach Tom Moore and the Bobcats addressed the fifth grade class in a morning assembly before breaking up into individual groups to discuss the significance of education.
"I'd like to thank Judy Andrews and the entire administration at Achievement First Bridgeport Academy for allowing us to speak with their students," said coach Moore. "Our student-athletes did a terrific job emphasizing the importance of hard work in the classroom and were role models for how it can lead to a college education. The day was beneficial for both the young scholars at Achievement First and our Quinnipiac basketball players."
After a brief introduction from Judy Andrews, Coach Moore took the floor for a brief speech to discuss the importance education, athletics and the balance between the two. He then introduced the players by class, and explained that each individual athlete made it to Quinnipiac through hard work and dedication to school and basketball.
"The Quinnipiac Men's basketball team has been coming to Achievement First Bridgeport Academy for the past three years, and this year's visit was the best ever!," said Andrews. "Thanks to the QU Men's Basketball Team, our 5th grade students now have positive role models who are student athletes, with the emphasis on student. We will use this experience all year to remind our students that the QU Men's Basketball team is expecting you to do your best, just as they do."
After that, the student-athletes broke up into groups and participated in a Q&A session with the fifth grade class, as part of the school's mentorship program. The youngsters were eager to learn about each of the players and why they chose to attend Quinnipiac University.
Bridgeport Academy's Achievement First is a non-profit charter management organization (CMO) that operates a growing network of high-performing, college-preparatory, K to 12 public charter schools in Connecticut and New York. The mission of Achievement First is to deliver on the promise of equal educational opportunity for all of America's children.
The Bobcats open the 2012-13 season in West Hartford at the Connecticut 6 Classic. Quinnipiac will take on Hartford at 3 p.m. on November 10. Fans interested in purchasing season tickets for the upcoming campaign can call the QU Ticket Office at 203-582-3905, visit the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com or make a trip to the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office.
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