Women’s Tennis Spreads Valentine’s Day Cheer at Whitney Manor Nursing Home

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women's tennis team helped spread some Valentine's Day cheer to local senior citizens, as the Bobcats took a trip to the Whitney Manor Nursing Home to spend the afternoon with residents of the rehabilitation center.

"Valentine's Day is a special day, and we thought it would be a great idea to take a trip to the Whitney Manor Nursing Home," said head coach Mike Quitko. "The residents of the nursing home really enjoyed our company, and it made for a very gratifying day."

Quinnipiac student-athletes distributed Valentine's Day cards and roses to residents of the community. However, it was just being there and carrying on a conversation that had the most impact.

"You could tell that residents really appreciated our visit," said team-captain Mary Chupa (Bradenton, Fla.). "They were very thankful for the cards and roses, and had a lot to talk about when we got there. It was a great Positive Play initiative to be involved in, and hope we can return next year."

Quinnipiac Athletics' Positive Play initiative is designed to encourage student-athlete involvement in the community. 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.

Whitney Manor Rehabilitation & Nursing Center is a Connecticut Health Facility. Their specialties include in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation with an individualized patient focus. WMRNC is conveniently located just off exit 10 connector off I-91 in the quaint Mount Carmel section of Hamden, near Sleeping Giant State Park and Quinnipiac University. This family-owned business has celebrated 35 years of excellence in serving the needs of its residents.

Quinnipiac returns to action on Friday, Feb. 21 and Saturday, Feb. 22 with a weekend road trip featuring stops in two different states. The Bobcats take on St. Joseph's on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. in Media, Pa. before heading to Elkton, Md. for a clash with Delaware.

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