HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team recently enjoyed a trip to Bear Path Elementary School as part of QU's Positive Play Initiative, which is designed to encourage community service by Quinnipiac's student-athletes, coaches and staff. Several Bobcats, players and coaches, met with first grade students for a few hours during the middle of the day to partake in various activities.
"We had about nine guys that made the trip to Bear Path, and we all really enjoyed ourselves," said senior power forward Ike Azotam. "It's fun to see how much the kids look up to us and how excited they get to see us. It's nice knowing that we made a difference within the community that supports us on the court."
The athletes broke up into groups of three or four and visited three different classrooms at the school. The players each took turns reading a story to the students and showed them the pictures along the way. After that, children began asking the players questions about their favorite things to do, food to eat and activities to participate in. The players also discussed the importance of doing well in school and staying active to be healthy.
When the clock struck noon, it was time to move outside for recess. Again, the players and students split up into groups and enjoyed some time outdoors. Activities included soccer, basketball, tag, kickball and football – all of which excited the students.
The students and staff of Bear Path School strive to create a positive learning environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging. Students are specifically recognized for being respectful, responsible, safe, making excellent effort, having perfect attendance, and receiving district and civic awards. In addition, each marking period one student from each class is recognized by classmates to be a role model. Students are invested in the Positive Paw program and strive to be recognized for their achievements.
Quinnipiac's regular-season tips off on Saturday, Nov. 9 with the fifth annual Connecticut 6 Classic from Webster Bank Arena. Joining the Bobcats will be Hartford, Yale, Central Connecticut, Sacred Heart, and fellow MAAC foe Fairfield. For the second year in a row, Quinnipiac and Hartford will open the three-game showcase at 3 p.m. Yale and CCSU will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. followed by Sacred Heart and Fairfield in the nightcap at 8 p.m.
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