NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team brought joy to several athletes on Saturday morning, as the Bobcats attended the Connecticut Special Olympics at James Hillhouse School gymnasium in New Haven, Conn. Team members took pictures with and cheered on participants at the annual event, which featured hundreds of competitors from all over the state.
"The entire Quinnipiac Basketball program was honored to be able to lend our support to the Special Olympics again this weekend in New Haven," said head coach Tom Moore. "We would like to thank Jimmy Reynolds and his entire group of hard-working volunteers for allowing us the opportunity to cheer on and encourage all the athletes during the basketball competition. The enthusiasm, energy, and dedication of the athletes of the Special Olympics serve as an inspiration for our program as we anticipate the start of our season."
The yearly classic consists of several events that take place all over Connecticut. Unified Sports Basketball took place at the Recreation Center, while additional sports such as bowling, volleyball, powerlifting and dance were at other venues throughout the New Haven area.
"We were thrilled to have the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team at this year's event," said Jimmy Reynolds, the director of the Special Olympics basketball tournament. "We have 36 teams here, and all of them love having Quinnipiac's players here. Quinnipiac men's basketball is like the NBA to these guys, and it's great. We have a great relationship with Coach Moore and Quinnipiac and we hope to continue it down the road."
The Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
The Bobcats open their 2012-13 campaign at the Connecticut 6 Classic on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Quinnipiac takes on the hosting Hartford Hawks at 3 p.m. at the Chase Family Arena in West Hartford, Conn.
Quinnipiac fans should refer to the Official Website of Quinnipiac Athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for any schedule changes as well as the latest news, scores and highlights. The 2012-13 Men's Basketball Schedule is also available for download at www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com for all mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as all desktop computers.
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