HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's basketball team visited three New Haven area schools Tuesday morning. The Bobcats split into three groups to visit the Truman School, the Barnard School and Katherine Brennan School to talk with students on the importance of education in becoming a Division I student-athlete.
"We feel it is important for us to contribute to the community," said Head Coach Tricia Fabbri. "Our players are great role models for the young children and enjoy the opportunity to interact with them."
The Bobcats met with students from all three schools and spoke about academics, hard work and time management as keys to becoming successful in not only athletics, but everyday activities as well. Following the players' speeches, the students participated in a question and answer session with the Bobcats where they asked about the attributes needed to play at the Division I level.
All the students that participated in the school visit will be attending the Bobcats' home game next weekend against Central Connecticut State on Saturday, Jan. 23 at the TD Bank Sports Center. Coach Fabbri and her staff hope that the experience will help the students to identify with the message of the Quinnipiac student-athletes that came to their classrooms to speak.
The recent visits by the women's basketball team, as well as the men's and women's ice hockey teams, to local schools are part of Quinnipiac Athletics' Positive Play initiative. The Positive Play program encourages community involvement and public service by the University's student-athletes.
The Bobcats will return to action this afternoon in New Britain, Conn., when they take on intra-state rival Central Connecticut State in a Northeast Conference game at 4:30 p.m. at Detrick Gymnasium.