Acrobatics & Tumbling Host Ninth Annual Cheer and Dance Challenge Saturday, February 15

Hamden, Conn.  – The Quinnipiac Acrobatics and Tumbling team is teaming up with the Quinnipiac Athletic Student Trainers Club for its ninth annual Cheer and Dance Challenge. The event is set to take place, Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Recreation Center on the Mount Carmel Campus at 10:00 a.m.  The proceeds collected this weekend will directly benefit the Connecticut March of Dimes and the Kendall Pallone Trust Fund, which was founded by acrobatics and tumbling head coach Mary Ann Powers in 2012.

 "The Quinnipiac Athletic Trainers Club, and their passion to oversee this event, is a testament to Quinnipiac's 'sense of family,'" said Powers. "These students, who have chosen a career path to see to the safety of those who play sports, continuously work tirelessly on behalf of our department. The Acrobatics and Tumbling team is dedicated to reaching out to the community in a concerted effort, as we feel both thankful and fortunate to have a genuine experience in collegiate athletics." 

The Acrobatics and Tumbling team, along with the student trainers, have committed a full day of community service working in conjunction with Quinnipiac's Positive Play initiative. The Cheer and Dance Challenge, now in its ninth year with the Connecticut March of Dimes helps promote the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

As an addition to this spirited event, the Athletic Department's Annual Penny Wars Contest winner will be announced.  With what is collected from the Penny Wars competition will be directly donated to the Kendall Pallone Trust fund to assist with the medical needs of Kendall Pallone. Kendall is the daughter of Adam Pallone, one of Quinnipiac's Athletic Trainers.

Throughout the day, the acrobatics and tumbling team will play host to a number of different cheer squads from across the state in a friendly cheer and dance competition.  The acrobatics and tumbling team will also perform their routines for spectators, have a dance-off with Boomer the Bobcat and promote a variety of raffles featuring athletic gear donated by all of Quinnipiac's 21 athletic teams.  All in attendance will also be able to give back to the causes and donate to the Connecticut March of Dimes.

(T-Shirt Design By Junior Christine Rochester, (Waterford, Conn.)

The Bobcats will return to the mats for competition on Sunday, Feb. 23 when they host Baylor University at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn. at 12 p.m.  Prior to the start of the meet, Quinnipiac Athletics will take a moment to recognize its six graduating seniors for their dedication to the program.  The seniors of this year's squad are Gina Antonelli, Danielle Burns, Victoria Cribbs, Cera Orner, Trisha Pierce, Ashaa Russell and Gina Yeadon.

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