HARTFORD, Conn. – Quinnipiac University Director of Athletics & Recreation Jack McDonald accepted the 2014 “Bring It Home” Award from the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau on Thursday, April 24 at the annual awards ceremony of the Connecticut Conference on Tourism (CCOT) at the Connecticut Convention Center.
Quinnipiac was one of six recipients of the award, created to recognize individuals and organizations for promoting the State of Connecticut as an event destination. In March, Quinnipiac hosted the 2014 NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four at High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. on Mar. 21-23. McDonald was joined at the event by the tournament organizing committee's co-chairs - TD Bank Sports Center Executive Director Eric Grgurich and Assistant Athletic Director Jamie Schilkowski.
"I am very humbled by this honor from the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau,” McDonald said. “This award also goes out to the entire Quinnipiac community, the QU- Women’s Frozen Four Planning Committee and especially our tournament co-Directors Jamie Schilkowski and Eric Grgurich. I am very grateful for this honor and look forward to bringing many more NCAA and collegiate sporting events to Quinnipiac and Connecticut.”
The NCAA Frozen Four drew over 10,000 spectators to the three-day event at Quinnipiac’s York Hill campus. The 2014 NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey National Championship Game hosted 3,753 spectators – the largest crowd for an NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey final at a venue in which the host university was not competing. In addition, Quinnipiac’s TD Bank Sports Center saw a school record 130,413 fans visit the University’s state-of-the-art arena.
“The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau greatly values the initiative and support of area business and organizational leaders who contact their colleagues and association members within their industries, societies and professions to promote Connecticut as a future meeting destination,” explains Michael Van Parys, President of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau. “We also honor Connecticut residents who produce their own events in our state and work with our Bureau to make their projects even more successful. Attendees to meetings, conventions and sports events in generate millions of dollars in revenue annually for Connecticut’s local economy by staying at hotels, dining in restaurants, visiting leisure attractions, shopping at retail establishments,” adds Van Parys. “And their meeting planners contract for a variety of local services necessary to running a successful event.”