Springfield, Mass. - September 13, 2018 - Springfield College's Alexandra, Eli Emmanuelle and Eli Gabriel Irizarry Parés will represent Springfield College at the Springfield Puerto Rican Parade on Sunday, September 16th at 11 am. The trio will be recognized as honorees at the parade as they serve as the Sports Ambassadors.
The 2018 Springfield Puerto Rican Parade will kick off at 11:00 a.m. from 65th Infantry Way, on the corner of Main St and Wason Ave. The festivities will continue down Main Street and end downtown on Boland Way. The parade highlights Latino music and traditions and is a way for residents in Western Massachusetts to learn about the culture and celebrate it as well.
Eli Emmanuelle is in the midst of his senior season at Springfield College and has been a standout on the men's volleyball team in his time on campus. A two-time NCAA Division III National Champion, Eli Emmanuelle is majoring in Health Care Management and has been tabbed an AVCA All-America selection and to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team during his playing career in maroon and white. His 600 career digs ranks eighth all-time in program history.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Health Management from Norfolk State University in Virginia, Alexandra came to Springfield College to serve as a graduate assistant coach for Charlie Sullivan. Currently working on her Master's Degree in Psychology, Alexandra was on the coaching staff last season that helped lead the Pride to their 11th national title in program history, including their second-straight NCAA Division III Championship.
Last year, Eli Gabriel had a standout year in his first season as a college volleyball player at Springfield as he ranked second on the team in assists. The Business Management major played a critical role in Springfield winning their fifth national championship in the last seven seasons.
The Irizarry siblings work together to organize free volleyball clinics in the Caimito neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico.