HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac University women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams both spent time with the Hamden Family University on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Hamden Fall Food Truck Festival. Both squads sent a bevy of players to the local event held at the Hamden Town Center Park as the student-athletes and staff members played games with the children of the Hamden Family University and kept the group well entertained throughout the afternoon.
A vast majority of both teams made the trip to the town park for the second annual Food Truck Festival in Hamden. The large scale event attracted 45 food truck vendors and over 5,000 people flocked to grab a taste of all the different offerings. At the event, the Bobcats participated in a wide variety of activities to help support the event including setting up chairs, cleaning tables, playing with the kids on the playground and taking part in some arts and crafts activities as well.
“The Quinnipiac Field Hockey team had a great night volunteering at the Hamden Food Truck Fair,” said field hockey senior tri-captain Danielle Allan. “We spent time helping clean tables, dancing to music, and racing children down the slides. We shared a lot of laughs with the Hamden community and look forward more experiences like this!”
Both teams spent valuable time with kids throughout the local community of Hamden as both the women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams were at the event for over two hours each.
“It’s always so rewarding when we are able to give back to our community and get involved,” said women’s lacrosse senior captain Vicki Kuhn. “We had a great time at the Food Truck Festival. Our team loves to dance so to be able to get out and dance with the kids there was a blast!”
The afternoon was a perfect opportunity for Quinnipiac student-athletes to chip in on Quinnipiac Athletics’ Positive Play initiative. Quinnipiac is dedicated to the promotion and development of service, service learning, experiential learning, and civic engagement programs and initiatives that involve students in the local community and challenge them to critically examine the role their service plays in cultivating personal development and social change.
“The women’s lacrosse program has always looked for opportunities to get involved with the local community,” said women’s lacrosse head coach Danie Caro. “Helping with the Food Truck Festival at Hamden Town Center Park was not only an opportunity to provide service, but a fun way for our student-athletes to experience the local community.”
Both teams will hit the field this weekend as the field hockey team hosts Rider on Friday at 3:00 pm and Monmouth on Senior Day Sunday at 1:00 pm from the QU Field Hockey Turf Complex. Meanwhile, the women’s lacrosse team wraps up its 2014 Fall Schedule with a home game against Manhattan on Saturday at 2:30 pm.
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