NEC News of Day: Special Olympics Clinic & NEC Win all in Two Days Work for Bryant Volleyball

NEC institutions have always prided themselves on service to the community and a number of the conference’s athletic teams were rather busy fulfilling their service mission in recent days.

Yesterday, Overtime! reported on the involvement that Saint Francis (PA) Athletics had in the Potatofest, an annual local event for families in Cambria County.

From central Pennsylvania, the community service motif cut across the NEC’s geographic footprint to Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY where the Long Island women’s basketball team spent its Sunday walking for Alzheimer’s disease.  All 15 of Gail Striegler’s Blackbirds, along with members of the coaching staff, were on hand for the Alzheimer’s Association’s signature event entitled The Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Then, there was Bryant volleyball, which took time out of its busy schedule to host a mid-week clinic for Unified volleyball teams throughout the state of Rhode Island.

An outgrowth of the Special Olympics, Unified Sports represents an opportunity for those with disabilities to train and compete on a school sports team and provides meaningful inclusion for participants with their non-disabled peers.

“I enjoy seeing my team share their knowledge of the game and seeing the enthusiasm with which they share their skill with others,” said head coach Theresa Garlacy. “It’s heart-warming to see how passionate they are about working with kids and to see them giving them back to the community.”

The Bulldogs have partnered with the Special Olympics in a number of projects during the past 18 years of their relationship.

One day after hosting the two-hour clinic, Bryant went over and swept Quinnipiac, 3-0, for its first NEC win of the season.  The Bulldogs, who are in their final season of NCAA Division I reclassification and will be eligible for the NEC crown coem 2012, are 1-2 in league play thus far and welcomes two NEC foes – defending champion Sacred Heart (Oct. 1) and St. Francis (NY) (Oct. 2) – to the Chace Center on back-to-back days this weekend. You can watch both matches live on the web by subscribing to BryantBulldogs.TV.

Tweets of the Day
@BryantAthletics – It’s a great day to be a Bulldog! #GoBryant
@bmac303 – Every day Is a great day for @MountAthletics
@RMUVolleyball 3-0 in conference, ready to take on Fairleigh Dickinson at home on Saturday! See you at 1 pm #letsgobobbymo @RMUAthletics
@MonmouthUTFXC Congrats to my former teammate and studly triathlete Stuart Selber on winning the CPTSC Distinguished Service Award. He can write right!

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