Courtesy of Trinity Sports Information
Hartford, Conn. – On Thursday, April 9, members of the Trinity Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and other Bantam student-athletes took part in a field day with children from the sixth grade of the McDonough School.
The Trinity students volunteered their time to help run the event which lasted about two and a half hours before the children and the Bantams sat down for some food. In total, approximately 50 McDonough 6th Grade Students took part in the field day and 35 Trinity student-athletes volunteered.
“The athletes came from our fall and winter sports (the spring sports were involved in practice at that time),” Trinity SAAC member and All-NESCAC football honoree Kyle Pulek said. “Each SAAC member brought between two and five other athletes from their sport, an impressive display of commitment to the event from every team. The volunteers came with enthusiasm and encouraging attitudes, which elevated the atmosphere for the McDonough students. The students were incredibly excited to be able to participate in front of cheering athletes, and even alongside some volunteers who participated in the various stations we had set up.”
The purpose of the event was to help bring Trinity Athletics closer to the community and positively influence the middle schoolers thoughts towards attending college and prioritizing school in their lives.
“This is a good way for Trinity Athletics to become involved and influential in the community, and it's great that this is a united effort from all teams to participate rather than just a single team reaching out,” Pulek stated. “These students aren't always as privileged as many of the Trinity athletes, and we want to be positive influences in their lives. Reaching out and spending a few hours with them running around is a simple task for us, but it means the world to these students. I personally go mentor at the McDonough School weekly, and just an hour there with a few other football guys makes their whole week.”
The event was made possible in large part thanks to the effort of Chris Redden, a teacher at the McDonough School that has been very involved in this event from the beginning and is the driving force at the school. Pulek noted that Redden has been invaluable in the planning process.
The event was also made possible thanks to the participation of Trinity student-athletes. An overwhelming outpouring of support came from the Bantams as more than 45 student-athletes volunteered at the event. Pulek stated that there would have been more, but they had to limit the number of athletes per team so the Trinity athletes didn’t outnumber the students from the McDonough School.
In doling out thanks for the event, Pulek mentioned the three SAAC advisers, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance Kristen Noone, Athletic Trainer Sarah Williams and Assistant Cross Country and Track & Field Coach Candace Greene helped move the event along and connected in all the right spots to make sure it ran smoothly.
“I also want to thank Chanel Erasmus, Sarah Stutman and Caroline Feeney, the other Field Day Committee members who spent countless hours of free time organizing the event and making sure everything from the equipment to the food was done right,” Pulek said.