Quinnipiac Athletics hosted its annual Positive Play Program on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Burt Kahn Court on Quinnipiac's Mt. Carmel Campus. More than 450 student-athletes, head and assistant coaches and athletics administration and Quinnipiac faculty members were in attendance for the yearly event.
Quinnipiac Director of Athletics & Recreation opened the program with the introduction of women's soccer player Jillian Kelley of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, who delivered the program's invocation. McDonald then introduced men's cross country's Jacob Cetera, who also serves as the chair of Quinnipiac Student Athlete Advisory Committe (S.A.A.C.). Cetera celebrated the great community involvement of Quinnipiac's student-athletes while also recognizing the academic and athletic achievements of those in attendance.
Following the student addresses, McDonald introduced Quinnipiac President John Lahey. Lahey spoke at length of the important role that athletics play in Quinnipiac's success while also acknowledging the achievements of Quinnipiac's student-athletes. Following the introduction of Quinnipiac's Faculty Athletics Representative Sean Duffy and Associate Athletic Director for Academic Support Lyneene Richardson, McDonald introduced Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator Tracey Flynn.
After a brief discussion by McDonald of Quinnipiac's policy on public behavior as well as social media expectations. Finally, Senior Associate Athletic Director Bill Mecca spoke to the gym full of student-athletes about what their role as an athlete means to Quinnipiac, as well as his role within Quinnipiac athletics. Mecca also stressed social responsibility and good decision making.
Quinnipiac's Positive Play program is designed to encourage community involvement by Quinnipiac's student-athletes, coaches and staff.