HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) visited Hamden Youth Services at the Keefe Community Center in Hamden, Conn. to spend the morning with the center’s children, aged three to five.
Quinnipiac’s student-athletes read the book “Snowmen at Night” to the children, before presenting each student with their own personalized copy of the book. The group then sang a variety of Holiday songs before Santa Claus visited the center to present the children with a present.
The visit was coordinated by Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Senior Woman Adminstrator Tracey Flynn and was attended by men’s cross country senior Jacob Cetera (Chicago, Ill.), women’s cross country’s Martha Santandreu (Hamburg, N.Y.), Hannah Donadio (Killingworth, Conn.) and Jill Humphreys (Burlington, Mass.), women’s lacrosse’s Emily Samuelman (North Andover, Mass.) and men’s basketball’s James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) and student manager John Acampora (Wallingford, Conn.). In addition to Flynn and the student-athletes, Director of Athletics Jack McDonald, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information Ken Sweeten and Assistant Sports Information Director Tony Distasio were also on hand.
The visit to the Keefe Center, which has become an annual tradition, is part of Quinnipiac’s Positive Play initiative which encourages community involvement by Quinnipiac’s student-athletes, coaches and administrators.