Sacred Heart University celebrated National Student-Athlete Day on Wednesday, showcasing the community involvement of its 800 student-athletes.
SHU invited 40 students from the Dunbar School to campus to participate in the celebration. Pioneer student-athletes started the morning with a question and answer period; talking about school, athletics and any other topic the Dunbar students were interested in.
The SHU student-athletes then took the students on a tour of the Sacred Heart University campus. During lunch, the Dunbar students took part in a project where they made cards to thank a person in their lives that has made an impact on them. Following lunch, they took part in several activities, including kickball, soccer and football, before heading back to school.
The SHU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee capped the afternoon by providing ice cream for the Pioneers that attended the SHU softball game versus Fairfield.
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.