Holy Cross & Patriot League Partner With City Of Worcester For 2010 Tournament

Bill Gibbons

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head women's basketball coach Bill Gibbons was joined by representatives of the Worcester Public School Department, the Advisory Committee on Worcester Youth, the United States Naval Academy and the Patriot League for a press conference at Saint Vincent Hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The press conference announced the upcoming 2010 Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament, scheduled for March 6-7 at Holy Cross' Hart Center and the community involvement surrounding the event. 

The partnership between Holy Cross Athletics, the Patriot League member institutions, the Worcester Public School Department and area youth basketball organizations was announced as part of the Patriot League's "Growing Our Community" initiative. 

The press conference was held in the Saint Vincent Hospital Atrium, and featured speakers- Colleen O'Brien, the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics for Worcester Public Schools; Jesse Edwards, Worcester Youth Director; Ann Zelesky, Associate Athletic Director at Holy Cross; Carolyn Schlie Femovich, the Executive Director of the Patriot League; Holy Cross head women's basketball coach Bill Gibbons and Navy head women's basketball coach Stefanie Pemper.

"It brings us great pleasure to partner with the City of Worcester and the College of the Holy Cross in making the 2010 Patriot League Tournament a great success," said Patriot Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich. "Combining forces with the area youth initiatives and earning support from the individual Patriot League member institutions is a big part of creating a successful tournament environment. It clearly illustrates the ‘Growing Our Community' initiative; to increase awareness, exposure and increase attendance of women's basketball." 

Members of the Holy Cross women's basketball program have long been involved in numerous community service initiatives, including visits to local elementary schools on a weekly basis.  More than 400 students from area schools, as well as youth basketball groups, will be attending the tournament in March.  It's an opportunity for the students to show support for the positive role models participating from the eight Patriot League institutions, including student-athletes from Holy Cross.

Each of the schools in the League will be purchasing tickets to the games and all unused tickets will be donated back to the League office and distributed to local schools and youth basketball organizations in the Worcester area.

The Patriot League Tournament will begin with the quarterfinal rounds on Saturday, March 6 with the semifinal matchups the next day. For ticket information please call 508-793-2573 or visit goholycross.com. All eight Patriot League members will be competing for the Tournament title, which will be decided with the Championship game on March 13, 2010 at the site of the highest remaining seed.

Saint Vincent Hospital is the official sports medicine provider for Holy Cross athletics, the Worcester Sharks, and the Worcester Tornadoes.  

The Worcester Public Schools provides learners with a quality education in a safe and healthy environment. We believe that all students can achieve at high levels as they prepare to become productive citizens in our changing technological world. We are committed to supporting students, parents, educators, and citizens in their pursuit of learning.

"Today's Scholar-Athletes, Tomorrow's Leaders" - The Patriot League continually demonstrates that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing its high standards. The Patriot League's athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.