HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University Women's Lacrosse team visited third graders at Helen Street School on Friday to complete a winter reading project. Former Bobcat Laura Iannotti '11 teaches at Helen Street and worked with the coaching staff to coordinate the visit. "Anytime we can get to work with children, we always have fun," said head coach Danie Caro. "It's an amazing experience for our student-athletes to interact with young children in a classroom environment. And I think the elementary students really enjoy seeing college athletes and getting to talk to them about their sport."
Members of the team worked with the students in small groups to read a winter themed book, and completed a "descriptive writing" graphic organizer based on that book. To finish the project, the players and students collaborated on winter scene art projects. The Bobcats also shared information with the third graders about their sport and the equipment they use to play lacrosse.
According to Iannotti, "It was so great to see my former teammates interacting with my students. The kids really look at them as role models. I think having collegiate athletes come into the classroom really shows my students the importance of education. I'm so proud of the team's enthusiasm and dedication to giving back to the community. It means the world to my students."
The Bobcats have begun pre-season training and are scheduled to officially open the 2013 season when they host Yale University on February 27, 2013. The non-conference match-up is scheduled for a 3:00 pm start time at the Quinnipiac Lacrosse Turf Field.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2013 Quinnipiac Women's Lacrosse Schedule is available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
Contact: Bethany Buckholz; Bethany.Buckholz@quinnipiac.edu