More than 100 students had the opportunity this past Thursday at Hofstra University's Mack Sports Complex to learn about future careers while at the same time enjoying some Division I women’s college basketball action.
Maria Regina in Seaford was one of 14 Nassau County elementary schools to participate in “What I Want To Be Day” on Thursday morning prior to a special Noon tip-off of a Hofstra women’s basketball game against Northeastern. The students spent two hours before the Hofstra-Northeastern game learning about various careers in fields such as recreation, business, science, health, and communications. Hofstra women's basketball players Nicole Capurso and Candice Bellocchio also spoke to the students about their future career plans after they graduate college.
Following the career presentations, the just under 2,000 participating students helped cheer the Hofstra Pride onto a 77-63 win over Northeastern in a key Colonial Athletic Association game. Throughout the game students were quizzed with questions on what they had learned during the morning career presentations.
Maria Regina School sent more than 100 students to the “What I Want To Be Day” festivities in grades two through six. Barbara Nardi, one of the Maria Regina teachers who brought the students to Hofstra, said the career presentations held prior to the basketball game were very well received.
“The speakers were very entertaining,” said Nardi. “They could really relate to the kids.”
Nardi said the event went so well she expects Maria Regina to participate in future “What I Want To Be Day” festivities at Hofstra. “I think we will do this again because everything was very nice,” she said.
The Hofstra women's basketball team is 10-6 and has six remaining home games starting on Jan. 30 against Delaware starting at 2 p.m. For further information on the Pride women's basketball team log onto the Hofstra athletics website.