HAMDEN, Conn. – As a demonstration to its commitment to community service, the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team brought joy several athletes on Sunday morning, as the Bobcats joined the Connecticut Special Olympics at the QU Recreation Center on the Mount Carmel Campus. Team members took pictures, presented medals, and cheered on participants at the annual Holiday Sports Classic, which featured hundreds of competitors from all over the state.
"It was a pleasure to give our support to the Special Olympics this past weekend," said head coach Tom Moore. "Our guys always enjoy helping out with such a terrific cause. Jimmy Reynolds does a great job coordinating our involvement in the events."
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. Quinnipiac men's basketball student-athletes presented the participants with medals and trophies at the conclusion of their games. The Bobcats also took pictures and interacted with the Special Olympic athletes.
"We were once again 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. "We greatly appreciate all of the support from Jack McDonald, Coach Moore and men's basketball program, who really help 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 Bobcats return to action on Monday, Nov. 25 with a road game at Maine. Quinnipiac and the Black Bears square off at 7 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. After Thanksgiving, Quinnipiac hosts Boston University on Monday, December 2 with its second televised game of the 2013-14 campaign. Tip-off will take place at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.
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