DERBY, Conn. – On Monday morning, members of the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team reached out to their local community. The team's freshmen class visited Bradley Elementary School in Derby as part of Quinnipiac's Positive Play Initiative. The purpose of the visit was to emphasize the importance of balancing a quality education and extracurricular activities.
"Today was a very nice opportunity for Bradley School students to meet a few of the players, ask some fun questions and also learn about what they are striving for academically and, of course, what their aspirations are for their basketball careers," said Linda Gray, who worked with Quinnipiac's Dave Caprio to coordinate the event. "As part of our Reading Challenge program we ran in coordination with QU over winter break, students earned tickets to this Saturday's men's basketball game, so today was a great lead-in to get the energy going for Saturday. We are very appreciative of the time the QU players took out of their schedules to join our students for lunch and we look forward to seeing them in action on the court for Bradley School Game night!"
Alain Chigha (Gainesville, Fla.), Kasim Chandler (Newark, N.J.) and AJ Sumbry (East Windsor, N.J.) made the trip for the Bobcats. The children ranged from kindergarten through the fifth grade, and asked various questions about basketball, school and what they like to do for fun. The student-athletes interacted with the elementary students in three lunch sessions.
"We really enjoyed ourselves at Bradley Elementary School today," said Chigha, a 6-7 forward for the Bobcats. "It's fun to see how much the children look up to us and appreciate our company. We are looking forward to seeing them in the stands on Saturday afternoon!"
Quinnipiac is back in action before Saturday with a home game against Monmouth on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. on Lender Court at the TD Bank Sports Center. The Bobcats then welcome Niagara on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 4 p.m.
Quinnipiac Athletics' Positive Play initiative is designed to encourage student-athlete involvement in the community. Quinnipiac is dedicated to the promotion and development of service, service learning, experiential learning, and civic engagement programs and initiatives that involve students in the local community and challenge them to critically examine the role their service plays in cultivating personal development and social change.
Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the 2013-14 campaign can call the QU Ticket Office at 203-582-3905, visit the official website of Quinnipiac athletics, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com or make a trip to the TD Bank Sports Center Ticket Office.
Student-Athletes, parents and fans can download the 2013-14 QU Athletics schedules to your laptop and mobile devices for free by clicking in the iCalendar link at the bottom of each sport's homepage or the master schedule page. Fans can also follow Quinnipiac Athletics on Facebook and Twitter (@QUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates.
Derby Public Schools
The mission of the Derby Public Schools is to provide all students with a high quality, challenging education in a safe, supportive environment, in which to become lifetime learners.
Derby has two elementary schools, Bradley School and Irving School. Irving houses Pre-K - 5 and Bradley houses K - 5. Our elementary schools service approximately 750 students. Along with a challenging academic environment, upper elementary students may take advantage of band, chorus and art enrichment classes.