Trinity Football in the Community

 

Historically, the Trinity College football program has dominated on the gridiron. Just as important, the Bantams have made their presence known throughout the Trinity campus and Greater Hartford community as well. The team philosophy is built around discipline, maturity, loyalty, and teamwork, so it comes as no surprise that the Bantams exhibit this leadership off the field and beyond. Giving back has become a part of the culture in the Trinity locker room.

Here’s what some of the players had to say about their involvement with a mentoring program at the McDonough Elementary School in Hartford, which allows participants to visit a student in the range of third to fifth grade once a week, and do whatever they can to make an impact on the student’s life.

"I feel that one of the benefits to going to a school like Trinity, is that because we are located in a city, there are ample opportunities to serve the community," junior Michael Galligan said. "I think that every student, not just the athletes, should take advantage of this opportunity. Mentoring and tutoring has brought me a lot of joy and a feeling of ‘giving back.’"

"My involvement in the McDonough Mentoring Program has given me the opportunity to give back to the Hartford Community and also work with and develop a good relationship with the students," junior Harry Melendez said. "This has been a tremendous experience thus far as an Educational Studies major and I look forward to continuing my involvement in this program."

"I felt a connection to want to mentor these students [when the program began in 2007]," said senior co-captain Chris Doval said. "Your time means so much to these mentees, something I learned firsthand."