Siena Women’s Basketball Head Coach Ali Jaques is one of four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Women’s Basketball coaches that will take part in the Aer Lingus Promotional Tour. The tour, in conjunction with Aer Lingus and Sports Changes Life, will help promote women’s basketball overseason by holding women’s basketball clinics in Ireland.
Jaques will join Tricia Fabbri, Quinnipiac University, Lynn Milligan, Rider University, and Pat Coyle, Saint Peter’s University in traveling to three cities throughout Ireland during the week of May 15-19.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to bring two great organizations together through basketball,” stated Coach Jaques. “ Sports and athletics can always be a unifier and I am extremely grateful to be a part of this trip. The three coaches that I am lucky enough to travel with are knowledgeable, experienced, and highly successful. It’s just another example of how the MAAC thinks bigger and promotes growth through athletics.”
Sport Changes Life Foundation’s primary goal is to provide an opportunity for raising the aspiration of young people on both sides of the Atlantic so they can live out their dreams and guide them as sports changes their lives.
“The MAAC is privileged to work with Sports Changes Life and Aer Lingus in sponsoring these clinics,” notes MAAC Commissioner, Rich Ensor. “I want to thank the coaches for donating their time and energy to this effort. It is quite a group of coaches with Coach Fabbri coming off a Sweet 16 run in the 2017 NCAA Tournament, and Coach Milligan being awarded the MAAC and Met Basketball Coach of the Year. They are all committed to providing young women with opportunities to succeed in academics and athletics.”
The coaches will hold clinics for young players and coaches in the cities of Dublin, Belfast and Cork. The clinics are the beginning of a series of community outreach events that are designed to promote women’s basketball in Ireland and also to raise awareness for the upcoming Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic that is to be held this December.
“Aer Lingus is honored to be working with the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, Sport Changes Life, and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference on this historic and impactful community event,” notes VP of Aer Lingus North America, Jack Foley. “We look forward to hosting athletes, friends, families, and coaches on board our flights, and encouraging basketball players in Ireland to continue to find fulfillment through education and sport.”
The MAAC prides itself on continuing to grow and support both Men’s and Women’s Basketball. Along with Siena College, the MAAC will serve as the host for the 2018 & 2019 Women’s NCAA Basketball Regional as well as the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball First & Second Rounds, all held at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY. In addition, along with Canisius College and Niagara University, the MAAC will co-host the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball First & Second Rounds, being held at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY.