NEW HAVEN, Conn. - While this fall has presented many challenges for athletics around the country, the Albertus Magnus College athletic department remains steadfast in its commitment to the four pillars of the college - community, prayer, service, and study. To make up for a loss of athletic competitions, each of the athletic teams are participating in a different service project, including community clean-up, athletic lessons, and volunteering efforts.
Recently, the men's tennis team mirrored their female counterparts for their service project this year, volunteering at the North Haven ACEing Autism program. Head Coach Bob Migliorini and his daughter, Alyssa, a volunteer assistant coach for the Falcons, run the New Haven chapter together. The program, founded in 2008, is designed to provide unique social and developmental benefits to children with autism. It serves over 1,400 children with autism worldwide and has 2,100 volunteers at 73 program locations. Coach Migliorini's chapter is about two-and-a-half years old and currently assists 14 children every Saturday.
Assistant men's tennis coach Tim Gabbard said, "Working with the ACEing Autism program was a new experience for me. I was truly blown away by how impactful this program was for the kids, parents, and volunteers. The kids were absolutely wonderful and motivated to learn the sport of tennis. I plan on helping out more often with this program as I can see the true benefit and joy it brings to the community."
The men's tennis team volunteered as instructors at the North Haven ACEing autism program, providing instruction, lessons, and competition opportunities for players on the autism spectrum. The Falcon's' players helped the kids work on specific tennis skills such as hand-eye coordination, racket skills, volleys, and strokes. The kids were given opportunities to socialize and connect with others, as well provided with the equipment and support they needed for meaningful, positive interactions.
"Members of the men's tennis team enjoyed contributing their tennis expertise to the children and young adults in the ACEing Autism program and found it to be very rewarding," said Coach Migliorni. "Likewise, the program participants benefited from and enjoyed being taught by the team members."
About Albertus Magnus College
Albertus Magnus College, founded in 1925, is a Catholic College in the Dominican tradition. It is recognized by external rankings such as US News & World Report Best Colleges, Money Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. The College has an enrollment of 1,500 students in its traditional undergraduate program, accelerated adult degree programs, and 12 graduate programs, including a new Master of Public Administration and the only Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program in Connecticut. In the last year, the College received two significant Federal grants in support of student success and well-being: a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice and a $1.9 million Title III grant from the Department of Education.