Women's Volleyball Volunteers at University-Wide BIG EVENT

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's volleyball team joined a force of over 1,000 students and volunteered their time in the Big Event held on-campus Saturday, April 6. The Bobcats created a volunteer team composed of members from the 2012 squad and volunteered with community service projects all of Saturday morning into the afternoon.

According to the official QU Big Event webpage, started 28 years ago at Texas A & M University, the Big Event has grown to be the largest, one-day, student-run service project in the nation. Its aim to give back presents students with the opportunity to say "Thank You" to residents of the surrounding communities. Together the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Community Action Project (CAP) have worked to bring this day to Quinnipiac and are now into their third annual installment.

Each volunteer team forced for the Big Event at Quinnipiac was assigned a specific destination which ranged anywhere from local YMCAs to elementary and middle schools and even some local beaches were included on the list of possible locations. The women's volleyball team was assigned a homeless shelter in New Haven called Columbus House. The players arrived at the location around 10:00 am and laid mulch around the entire facility as well as cleaned out an on-site warehouse.

Quinnipiac's junior middle hitter Bonnie Conklin (Plano, Texas) organized and was designated the team captain for the women's volleyball Big Event team said the experience was one of the most-valuable she was ever involved in during her time at Quinnipiac.

"It was such a rewarding experience giving back to the New Haven community," Conklin said. "We loved helping out at the Columbus house and hope we made a small difference for the few hours we were there."

The Quinnipiac women's volleyball team will next been seen in acting during the Fall of 2013 as they prepare for their first season in the MAAC conference.

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