NEW BRITAIN – Parents will be able to bring their children to Central Connecticut State University’s football game free of charge.
In collaboration with the Ana Grace Project, CCSU is inviting kindergarten through eighth grade students, their families, teachers and school district employees to attend CCSU’s game against Bryant University at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Arute Field.
A free tailgate with food drinks and a raffle will be at 11 a.m. before the game. Three $100 gift cards to Target will be raffle prizes. There will be free bus transportation to the tailgate from Smalley Academy and DiLoreto Elementary and Middle Schools at 10:30 a.m. Tickets for the football game can be picked up at the tailgate.
Nelba Marquez-Greene and the Ana Grace Project have been heavily involved in New Britain schools for years.
Márquez-Greene, founder of the organization, was an adjunct faculty member at CCSU in 2012 when her daughter Ana Grace was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, along with 19 other first-graders and six educators. She established the Ana Grace Project to honor her daughter’s memory to promote love, community and connection for every child and family.
In February, Marquez-Greene brought her “Love Wins” campaign to Chamberlain Elementary School where she helped fourth-graders connect with one another and build friendships. Along with Chamberlain, Marquez-Greene has brought “Love Wins” to Northend, Smith and DiLoreto schools.
The organization hosts a “Love Wins: Finish the Race” annually where hundreds of New Britain students spend a day on campus with CCSU student volunteers for a taste of the college experience.
This year, more than 400 New Britain students went to CCSU as part of the program. Each student left the school with a new pair of athletic shoes, courtesy Fleet Feet of West Hartford. Students also received a backpack with a water bottle and wristband to serve as souvenirs for their one-day trip to college.
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