Quinnipiac partners with Hamden to ensure middle school sports continue

June 12, 2024

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Quinnipiac is proud to partner with the town of Hamden to ensure that the Hamden Middle School Sports Program will continue next year. The university made a three-year pledge on Friday to support the important youth program.

“The well-being of the entire community of Hamden is a vital priority for Quinnipiac University,” said President Judy Olian. “We are delighted and gratified to be able to support middle school sports — investing in the future success and healthy development of the youth of Hamden.”

The programs provide a safe, inclusive environment that aids in developing the social, emotional, and mental growth of our students, promoting a well-rounded educational experience and providing a sense of belonging within the community.

“As mayor, I understand the importance of athletics for our Hamden families, and as a mom of a kid headed to Hamden Middle School this fall, we are excited to cheer for our young Hamden Dragons,” said Mayor Lauren Garrett. “Thank you, Quinnipiac University, for providing this funding. Quinnipiac shares our commitment to student-athletes and is a proven good neighbor to the Town of Hamden.”

The university is delighted to have the opportunity to help foster not only physical fitness opportunities — which are important for mental health — but also to cultivate important life skills, such as teamwork, discipline, perseverance and leadership.

“In collaboration with Mayor Garrett, we are pleased to show our support for Hamden's middle school athletics, which is in direct alignment with our Building Bobcats program, a community outreach initiative led by Quinnipiac athletics, designed to foster youth player development and encourage the expansion of youth sports in the Greater New Haven region,” said Bethany Zemba, vice president for strategy and community relations and chief of staff.

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