Women's Volleyball Visits Oxford Middle School To Assist Connecticut Special Olympics

OXFORD, Conn. – Several members of the Quinnipiac women's volleyball team recently visited Oxford Middle School in Connecticut as a part of QU's Positive Play Initiative. The program is designed to encourage community service by Quinnipiac's student-athletes, coaches and staff.

Six members for the squad all drove down to Oxford, Conn. to take part in a special instructional camp with the Special Olympics of Connecticut. First-year assistant coach David Cyr also took part in the program and he citied it as one of the best experiences he has had since coming to Quinnipiac.

"We all had a blast," Cyr said. "The kids and all the parents there were great. They opened right up to us and the atmosphere was something you can't get anywhere else."

The team arrived at Oxford Middle School that night and could immediately see the impact they were making as close to 50 children all came out that night to interact with the team. The players worked with the children on the fundamentals of volleyball, showing them the basic serving, passing, bumping, and hitting skills. They also ran some drills that one would see in an everyday team practice.

"It wasn't so much about teaching them all the skills and such," Cyr said. "It was much more meaningful to see the smiles on the kid's faces and showing them just how to have fun while playing the sport because at that age, that's what it's all about."

The women's volleyball team continued their 2012 season this weekend playing on the road against St. Francis (Pa.) and Robert Morris before returning home to take on Bryant on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in Burt Kahn Court.

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu