HAMDEN, Conn. As part of the Quinnipiac University women's basketball team's community outreach, the Bobcats will play Yale in the first annual "Christmas Clash" Sunday, Dec. 21 at Yale at 1 p.m. The Bobcats have spent the first week of its holiday break giving back to the local community and will continue its efforts with holiday-themed events surrounding their game against the Bulldogs. Admission to John J. Lee Amphitheater is free for kids under 14 years old, seniors and any fan that brings a toy for the Toys-For-Tots Drive.
Doors will open one hour before game time with Santa Claus available for pictures with fans. Both Quinnipiac and Yale will be raffling off team apparel and other prizes at halftime. There will be free popcorn and candy canes for all in attendance as well.
On Wednesday Dec. 17, part of the women's basketball travelled to New Haven for two basketball clinics with third and fourth grade students at Bernard Grammar and Troupe Grammar. Assistant coaches Tom Blake and Helen Ridley led the players and kids through drills that focused on the fundamentals of the game.
"Our players did a great job running the clinic," said Ridley of her experience at Troupe. "A lot of these kids look up to the players especially after seeing them play. I know that they really liked having the team come in and spend time with them."
"Especially during the holidays you really want to give back," Blake said. "The team did a terrific job and it was very well received at both schools we went to."
Earlier in the week, members of the team travelled to the Keefe Community Center to deliver toys to local children as part of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee's (SAAC) participation in Quinnipiac's "Positive Play" initiative and Hamden Youth Services. Head Coach Tricia Fabbri and assistant coach Kara Cassidy joined eight members of the team in reading "The Night Before Christmas" before handing out gifts to the kids.
Prior to the start of the season, the team participated in the American Cancer Society's "Make Strides Against Cancer" walk in New Haven on Oct. 19. The 5K walk around Lighthouse Point Park raised more than $235,000 dollars.