Men’s Basketball Lends a Hand at P.A.L. Summer Camp in New Haven

HAMDEN, Conn. – Members of the Quinnipiac men's basketball team spent their morning at Wilbur Cross High School on Thursday, helping out at the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New Haven Police Department (NHPD) PAL Summer Camp - Health and Fitness Day.

Junior James Ford, Jr. (Hopewell, Va.) and sophomores Kasim Chandler (Newark, N.J.) and Alain Chigha (Gainesville, Fla.) joined Director of Basketball Operations Mike Papale at the month-long, all-day summer camp in New Haven. On this particular day, children engaged in physical activities including Zumba, Karate and of course a game of basketball. Quinnipiac's student-athletes served as honorary coaches and referees while trying to teach little techniques and skills about the sport.

"We really enjoyed making the trip to New Haven to help out the summer camp," said Ford, who completed his second year with the Bobcats' basketball program this past year. "So many kids attend our games throughout the season, so it's a great way to give back to the local communities."

The PAL Summer Camp runs from July 1 to Aug. 1. Participants take part in educational, physical and fun activities and go on a number of off-site field trips, such as a New Britain Rock Cats game, bowling and roller-skating, said Sgt. Elisa Tuozzoli, who is in charge of organizing the camp. There were 150 participants in 2013, which doubled from 75 in 2012. This year, 200 students attended the camp.

Quinnipiac student-athletes are on their summer schedule, taking classes and preparing for the 2014-15 season. The Quinnipiac University men's basketball team kicks off the 2014-15 campaign on Friday, November 14, 2014 against cross-town rival Yale in the sixth annual Connecticut 6 Classic at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden.

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