Hartford, Conn. - On the first weekend after classes began at Trinity College, a host of Bantam student-athletes went out in to the Hartford community along with several other college groups and volunteered to work at locations like parks, schools, and churches on Do It Day. This annual event gives Trinity students the opportunity to give back and show appreciation for both the Hartford and Connecticut communities. By coming together as both a school and a community, the experience truly exemplifies the unity in the area.
Do It Day Flickr Gallery
Trinity's women's rowing team partnered with Riverfront Recapture Inc. to go to the Connecticut River and help clean up the surrounding area. The two sides have been partnering up for several years now, however this year the partnership took a new approach.
"This fall, we helped to set up a cyclocross course, and painted over previously graffiti-covered walls," recalls team captain Deane Pless. Fellow co-captain Antonia Bowden added "Do It Day is very important for Trinity students as it is a chance for us to give back to the greater Hartford community. It is also a great way to be exposed to different parts of the city where we may not usually spend any time."
Trinity's men's lacrosse team spent their day at Keney Park, which sits on the border of Northern Hartford and Windsor, Conn. The team was split up into two groups to maximize their efficiency. Half of the team worked on mulching and raking trails in the park, while the other half built picnic tables scattered throughout the park. Despite the hot weather on this day, the team got together and bonded as well.
"At the time we were still in the process of meeting the new members of the team and such a worthy community event provided us with plenty of time to do so without any on-campus distractions," recalls Captain Aidan Keohane.
Keohane continued to emphasize just how important Do It Day really is, saying "As athletes at Trinity, we currently carry the torch and represent those who came before us, so it's important that we continue to uphold the high standard of conduct that is expected from us." The baseball, swimming and diving, and women's ice hockey teams volunteered at Pope Park, helping place fresh mulch around new trees and other patches in order to keep the ground more maintained.
Baseball captain Brendan Pierce said "It is so nice to get out and embrace the community around us. Obviously it makes the experience even better knowing that the people living here will recognize and appreciate the work done. Do It Day allows us to become closer as a group, while also doing something great for the community."
This tradition has always been a source of pride for the Trinity sports teams and will surely continue. It is wonderful to see Bantam student-athletes recognizing the role they can play in helping the community where they will live and study and compete while alsobonding as teams. This experience is certainly beneficial to all involved and makes for an overall awesome day.
Swimming (Men and Women)- Pope Park
Lacrosse (Men)- Keney Park/Family Day Foundation
Lacrosse (Women)- Church of the Good Shepherd
Ice Hockey (Women)- Pope Park
Ice Hockey (Men)- Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation, Christ Church Cathedral
Squash (Women)- Cinestudio
Squash (Men)- Charities of Hope,South Park Inn
Track and Field- Elizabeth Park, Hands on Hartford: Smith Towers, Grace Academy, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art,
Wrestling- Trinity Episcopal Church, A Hand Up
Softball- Environmental Science Magnet School at Mary Hooker
Basketball (Men)-St. Christopher School East Hartford
Basketball (Women)- St. Christopher School, East Hartford
Baseball- Pope Park
Rowing (Men)- Riverfront Recapture
Rowing (Women)-Riverfront Recapture
Tennis (Men)- Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity
Tennis (Women)- Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, Interval house