The Quinnipiac University Student Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) visited the Keefe Center in Hamden, Conn. to deliver toys and books to children at Hamden Youth Services. Aged from three to five, children enjoyed laughs, smiles and presents from Santa Claus with Bobcat student-athletes.
Quinnipiac’s student-athletes read to the children and then sang a variety of Holiday songs. After that, Santa Claus visited the center and began distributing gifts to everyone. The children eagerly ripped away the wrapping paper to see their presents. The student-athletes helped out with clean up and assisted the kids with their new toys.
The visit was coordinated by Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator Tracey Flynn, with the help of graduate assistant, and former women's ice hockey student-athlete Breann Frykas. Student-athletes involved in the event included Christin Rochester (acrobatics & tumbling), Greg Pendergast (men's lacrosse), Stephanie Palange (acrobatics & tumbling), Katie Alfiere (softball), Chris Kendall (men's lacrosse), Melissa Condo (women's rugby), Bonnie Conklin (women's volleyball), Zach Friedenreich (men's soccer), Borja Angoitia (men's soccer), Jessica Rotell (women's golf), Jennifer Whaley (women's golf), Scott Donaghue (baseball) and Savanna Reilly (field hockey).
Quinnipiac's SAAC is comprised of team representatives from the athletics department's 21 intercollegiate sports. It mission is to provide a communications link between the student-athlete population and the Department of Athletics, encourage communication and unity among and between student-athletes and teams, increase awareness of athletic programs on campus and in the community through projects, and design and implement programs which will encourage academic achievement, health promotion, social responsibility and awareness throughout Quinnipiac University.