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Blair Featured In MAAC “A Day In the Life” Video

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Release: 10/24/2011
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RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Junior guard Maggie Blair (Briarcliff, N.Y.) of the Manhattan College women's basketball team is one of 10 student-athletes featured in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's (MAAC) "A Day In the Life" video presentation that will debut on Tuesday during the conference's Preseason Awards Show from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

"A Day In the Life" is a 12-minute video that gives viewers an insight into the typical day of a MAAC student-athlete.  One student-athlete from each of the conference's 10 schools was selected to participate in the video, and shooting took place on each campus in May and June.  The 10 student-athletes (five men and five women) represent a diverse group that includes some of the top up-and-coming players in the MAAC.  The video showcases how they handle the responsibility of being a student-athlete in their daily campus experiences.

Blair helped the Jaspers notch a school-record 24 victories and advance to the semifinals of the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) in 2010-11.  She played in 28 games last season, including 20 starts, and averaging 5.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest.  Blair was named to the 2010-11 MAAC All-Academic Team and will serve as a captain of this year's squad.

"We were looking for the best opportunity to present our basketball student-athletes, and our discussion evolved into producing a video that we would feature at our Hall of Fame exhibit," MAAC Commissioner Richard J. Ensor said.  "Our student-athletes personify the high quality of academics and athletics that our institutions are committed to, and these young men and women in 'A Day In the Life' exemplify the type of student-athletes we are proud to have compete in the MAAC."

The video is the centerpiece of "The MAAC Experience," a 600-square foot exhibit that opens at the Hall on Tuesday.  "The MAAC Experience" will include historical items and artifacts from the conference's rich 30-year history.  Each of the MAAC's 10 institutions will also have its own display.  Manhattan's display features the No. 11 jersey worn by Sheila Tighe, who played for the Jaspers from 1981-84.  Tighe is the all-time leading scorer in the history of Manhattan basketball (men or women) with 2,412 points.  A two-time MAAC Player of the Year, she averaged 22.0 points per game during her career, the highest scoring average in league history.

The debut of the exhibit coincides with the MAAC Men's & Women's Basketball Championships moving to the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., for the next three seasons (2012-14).  The 2012 MAAC Championships will take place from March 1-5.

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