HAMDEN, Conn. – As part of Quinnipiac’s Positive Play Program, the Quinnipiac Women’s Lacrosse team visited Conte Hills West Magnet School in New Haven this past Monday to teach fourth graders about the sport of Lacrosse. The students are in the midst of an in-depth unit on local Native American tribes and have learned that the sport of lacrosse was originally played by many tribes throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.
“The fourth graders were filled with excitement as we taught them about the history of the game and let them actually try the sport of lacrosse for the first time”, said sophomore Phoebe Laplante. “It was a great feeling to be able to share our passion for playing lacrosse with the children.”
The Bobcats also spoke to the 72 fourth grade students about the importance of academic achievement and the challenges of being a student-athlete in high school and college. After the educational portion of the program, the team demonstrated the sport and ran drills for the students so they could try playing. According to head coach Danie Caro, “Participating in a program like this is a great opportunity for my team. I think my players are awesome role models for young children in terms of being great students and good citizens. And any time we can tie a community outreach program to the sport of lacrosse, that’s even better. Growing the game is our responsibility and I think that my players turned some future laxers onto the sport on Monday.”
The event at Conte Hills West was part of the athletic department’s Positive Play program that provides all athletic teams with opportunities to get involved in various community service initiatives. Laplante, junior Emily Mason, and freshman Briana Fountain are responsible for coordinating activities for the women’s lacrosse team. “Emily, Phoebe and Bri have done a great job with the Positive Play program this year. They are very organized, and also very committed to the concept of serving the community beyond the confines of the Quinnipiac campus. I’m proud of the projects the team has taken on this year because I think they’ve really made a difference in the lives of others, and that will stay with them long after they graduate,” Caro explained.
The members of the women’s lacrosse team also recognize the benefit they get from programs like this. “Going to an elementary school and teaching younger kids to play lacrosse reminds us of the many reasons we play lacrosse,” said Fountain. “It’s important for us to be good role models for future student-athletes and show them our love for the game, and the importance of being a good student.”
The women’s lacrosse team is back in action on Friday, April 13, when they travel to Sacred Heart University for a 4:00 pm game, and on Sunday, April 15 when they host Fairfield in a non-conference contest at 12:00 pm.
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