October 6, 2008

Annual Fall Youth Day a Success

Oct. 6, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale Athletics Department hosted its annual Fall Youth Day on Saturday, and hundreds of children from the greater New Haven area came to the Yale Bowl to enjoy the day's festivities.

The day began with New Haven middle school football teams Roberto Clemente and Wexler Grant squaring off at 9:00 a.m. on the Class of 1954 Field at the Yale Bowl.

Simultaneously Yale student-athletes greeted youngsters next to Yale Field, home of Yale Baseball, and they participated in various games and sports activities. Approximately 70 Yale student-athletes from 20 different teams were represented and their strong turnout greatly enhanced the Youth Day experience. From passing out t-shirts and megaphones to having a barbeque lunch with hundreds of kids and their families, student-athletes were an integral part of making Youth Day memorable.

After the games and sports clinics, children were taken to The Hospitality Village where they were treated to lunch and activities like the Bouncy House and the Seaweed Monster Maze. Other attractions included the local police departments giving out helmets and teaching safety tips, as well as a live sea creature station set up by The Mystic Aquarium where kids could actually hold the animals.

From The Hospitality Village, Youth Day Participants went into the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field, to watch the Bulldogs beat Holy Cross in a thrilling double-overtime victory. At half-time the youngsters filled the "Y" formed by the Yale Precision Marching Band and the participants of the Pass and Kick competition were awarded trophies and recognized over the PA system.

The day ended with Old Saybrook and Branford from the Shoreline Youth Football League squaring off in the Bowl upon the completion of the Yale vs. Holy Cross match-up.

The smiles on the faces of the participants throughout the day signaled that The 2008 Fall Youth Day was a wild success. The Yale Athletics Department thanks everyone who participated and volunteered their time to make this wonderful day possible.

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