Women's Volleyball Revisits Episcopal Church in New Haven for Positive Play Program

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – All 13 members of the Quinnipiac women's volleyball team revisited the Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James on Saturday, Sept. 7 as a part of the Athletic Department's Positive Play Initiative. It was the Bobcats' second trip to the Church as the upperclassmen made their first visit back on Saturday, Aug. 24. The members of the volleyball team all traveled down to New Haven and helped hand out food to the people of need. 

"The upperclassmen enjoyed it so much the first time we went that we thought it would be good for the whole team to take part in," said Quinnipiac senior Bonnie Conklin. "Overall it was another great Saturday morning and we really loved giving back."

The Bobcats arrived ear ly Saturday morning around 8:00 to help with the church's weekly Loaves & Fishes program. The ministry began with a food pantry but it has grown into much more. The girls began organizing food upon their arrival and served each person a full bag of groceries. The weekly program lasted from 9:00 – 10:30 and served hundreds of people that gathered outside the church. No one was turned away and the Bobcats helped serve a total of over 280 people.

 Junior Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.), a health science major, even had the chance to assist the doctor with blood pressure screenings during the event.

The Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James was first established in 1852 and have been at the currently location in New Haven since 1899. More than 160 years later, the church continues to "grow as a thriving community that is strong in spirit and steadfast in our commitment to serving one another."

This year's group of Bobcats continue with their intensive Positive Play involvement from last season. Coach Czaplinski, in just his second season, has instilled a magnified sense of community within his group of players. His team ran several activities last year including several volunteer coaching sessions in local area high schools as well as involvement in Quinnipiac's BIG EVENT.

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu