The Sacred Heart University Department of Athletics hosted its Third Annual Dunbar Day Thursday as part of the celebration of National Student-Athlete Day.
SHU welcomed 27 students from Dunbar Elementary School in Bridgeport, Conn. to campus. With the help of 80 current Pioneers student-athletes, the Dunbar students were introduced to a day in the life of a college student-athlete. They received a tour of campus, highlighted by a stop at the Ryan-Matura library, where Libby Knapik spoke on how to research projects and use resources.
During lunch in the Student-Athlete Success Center, the students designed and made a card of appreciation for people who have helped influence their lives. During that time, Pioneer head women's basketball coach Jessica Mannetti spoke to the group about believing in themselves and pursuing their dreams.
The day concluded with field day on Park Avenue Field. SHU student-athletes and the Dunbar students took part in soccer, football and field hockey.
Created by the NCAS in 1987, National Student-Athlete Day is celebrated annually on April 6th. National Student-Athlete Day was designed to honor the outstanding achievements of high school and college student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics, while having made significant contributions to their schools and communities. Events celebrating the day can take place throughout the entire month or in conjunction with an event that is already in place. It has become one of America's strongest endeavors promoting the positive virtues of sport and student-athletes as a whole, and the positive affect they both have on society.