Men’s Soccer Lends a Helping Hand at Mari’s Miles of Smiles Race

HAMDEN, Conn. – As a testament to its commitment to community service, the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team took part in the fourth annual Mari's Miles of Smiles race on September 21, 2013 at Norton School in Cheshire, Conn. - which is organized by the Mari Hall Family Foundation.

The foundation's largest fundraising activity is Mari's Miles of Smiles Road Race, a 10K, 2x5K Relay and Kids Run event. On a beautiful Saturday morning, members of the men's soccer team lent their services to the event, and helped out in any way possible. Some enjoyed time at the kids run, interacting with the children, while others assisted with checkpoints around the course.

The Mari Hall Family Foundation was founded by Lisa & Matt Hall in honor of their beloved daughter, Mari.  Shortly after her second birthday, Mari was diagnosed with ASD when Lisa & Matt asked for an evaluation from Connecticut's Birth to Three Program. Mari was immediately enrolled in Easter Seals First Partners program and started receiving 20 hours of early intervention services per week in her home.  Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) was administered with Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapy consults.  When Mari turned 3 years old, she entered the Darcey School Early Intervention Center where she continues to receive intensive services.

The foundation also awards a scholarship annually to a graduating high school senior who has best contributed to the welfare of his or her special needs peers and plans to pursue a career in special education.

The morning was a perfect opportunity for Quinnipiac student-athletes to chip in on Quinnipiac Athletics' Positive Play initiative. Quinnipiac is dedicated to the promotion and development of service, service learning, experiential learning, and civic engagement programs and initiatives that involve students in the local community and challenge them to critically examine the role their service plays in cultivating personal development and social change.

The Bobcats are back in action on Tuesday, Sept. 24 with its final game of their current four-game home stand. Quinnipiac welcomes instate foe Hartford for a 4 p.m. start at the QU Soccer Field on Mount Carmel Campus.

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