September 12, 2011

Men's Lacrosse Volunteers At Columbus House

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's lacrosse team volunteered at Columbus House in New Haven, Conn. Columbus House is a nonprofit  organization that provides housing for the homeless or nearly homeless in the community. The Bobcats planned the event to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

"The opportunity to lend a hand at Columbus House was a privilege for our players to be involved with," head coach Eric Fekete said. "We are very fortunate to have great people playing for our program here. They are model student-athlete's who are eager and willing to play a small part in supporting great programs here in our Hamden/New Haven community." 

The student-athletes, in an effort coordinated by associate athletic directors Lyneene Richardson (academic support) and Tami Reilly (fitness & wellness), as well as Fekete, performed a variety of duties, particularly in regards to painting the outside of the house and fence that bordered the property.

According to the Columbus House website, the organization's goal is to reach homeless adults on the street through extensive outreach and to provide a safe environment

for those who come through our doors. The shelter is available as an emergency shelter, 365 days per year, as well as an overflow shelter and also as a recovery house. Columbus House has several locations throughout New Haven to aid those in need of transitional living.

The community service event was part of Quinnipiac Athletics' Positive Play initiative, designed to encourage civic involvement by its student-athletes, coaches and staff.