September 23, 2010

Youth Day 2010 Coming Oct. 2

Events Scheduled Around Yale-Albany Football Game

 

NEW HAVEN, CT—The annual tradition of New Haven school children forming the "Y" on the storied Class of 1954 Field is a thrill of a lifetime for many and will happen next week. The Yale Athletics Department hosts its annual Fall Youth Day on Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Yale Bowl in conjunction with the football team's noon home game with Albany. 

The event  features hundreds of youth participating in clinics with Yale Coaches and student-athletes, the finals of New Haven Park and Recreation's pass & kick competition, youth cheerleaders performing with the Bulldog sideline spirit squad and an educational and fun youth fair. 

New Haven Middle Schools and Shoreline Youth Football Teams get an opportunity to play a game in the Bowl before and after the Bulldogs and Great Danes play. Betsy Ross vs. Barnard play before (9 a.m.) the Yale-Albany game while Shoreline Youth League teams Amity and Clinton go after the varsity game. Another Amity team takes on Berlin on Clint Frank Field in the morning

In addition to Yale, Youth Day is sponsored by WPLR (99.1 FM) and the Tommy Fund. All kids 12 & under get free admission to the college football game and receive a pack of Yale Silly Bands (while supplies last). Chaperones are free with groups of 10 or more.

New Haven school children are transported to the Bowl to take part in this tradition of bringing the New Haven Community together to utilize the Yale facilities and take part in cheering on the Bulldogs.  Local organizations provide t-shirts for the kids as well as clinics, lunch, music and other entertaining activities.

 "It is a great day for all the participating youth in the New Haven area.   The department of athletics at Yale takes great pride in providing this special day for the children in our community" says Alison Cole '99, Assistant Director of Athletics.     "It really gets our academic year outreach program off to a great start and provides our student-athletes with an opportunity to make an impact on New Haven outside of the classroom and athletic fields."   

This event has been successful for a number of decades thanks to the work of Donald Scharf '55, a number of generous donors and the dedicated student-athletes who volunteer their time. Special thanks to the student-athlete Community Outreach Committee and the Youth Day Committee in planning for the event. 

The youth fair begins at 10 a.m. and the participating groups are American Productions DJ's, Bridgeport Sound Tigers,  CT State Police Canine Unit, Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Mad Tents (Inflatables), New Haven Fire Dept., New Haven Police, New Haven Safe Kids, West Haven Police, Yale Recycling, and Yale Police. 

To receive tickets for the Yale-Albany game, send an email request to yalesports@gmail.com. Please include the number of tickets needed, the number of youth in attendance, a mailing address, phone number and if bus parking is required.

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