The College of Staten Island will be celebrating its first-ever campus wide Homecoming Event this weekend on Saturday, October 1, and CSI Athletics will take center-stage, with a total of five sporting events that feature alumni, community involvement, and crucial conference and con-conference tests for the fall lineup of intercollegiate teams.  Nearly 20 events and gatherings spread all over campus will be taking place at CSI as part of the day beginning at 9am running into the evening.  CSI Athletics encourages the entire community to take part, bring the kids, and enjoy the hospitality of the CSI campus as part of it’s first-ever Homecoming event.

For Athletics, the action begins early and bleeds into the late afternoon.  After a continental breakfast for pre-registrants and same-day registrants at 9am in the Auxiliary Gymnasium, the action starts right next door at the CSI Tennis Center, where the 2011 Women’s Tennis team will be taking on members of the Alumni in a first-ever Alumni contest for the program. 

At 10:00am, the men’s soccer team will welcome in the New York Police Department’s “B” travel team for a friendly scrimmage at the CSI Soccer Complex.  Prior to the game, members of the Petrides Panthers U-7 boys youth team will join CSI in pre-game festivities and welcoming introductions, and will also play a modified game at halftime.

At 11:00am, CSI Baseball will usher in its 3rd-Annual Alumni Game.  Teams will split according to alumni year in the annual “Blue vs. Black” event.  Over 100 Alumni were welcomed back in the first two years of the baseball event, the highlight of CSI’s fall-ball season.

At 12 Noon, the action switches back to indoors, as CSI Women’s Volleyball will get underway at the Sports & Recreation Center, as the Dolphins will welcome in the Culinary Institute of the Arts for a non-conference test.

Finally, at 2:00pm, fans can top things off with a crucial CUNYAC-contest for the CSI Women’s Soccer team, as they play host to conference-rivals John Jay College.  CSI defeated the Bloodhounds earlier in the season, 4-0, and will put their perfect CUNYAC record on the line once again.

As part of the day’s festivities, the men’s and women’s soccer teams as well as the women’s volleyball team will be promoting breast cancer awareness by donning pink on the field of play, raising funds for CSI’s Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative, to which CSI has already donated over $25,000 to over the past four years.

The athletic events at the College will serve as a backdrop to other great initiatives going on throughout the campus.  The Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative will coordinating a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on the Great Lawn (9am), and all-day family themed events like a Fall Pumpkin Patch & Face Painting (between 2N & 1C), Alumni Tent (Great Lawn), and special WSIA reunion programming (1C), will also be on hand.  Other activities include a Campus Bus Tour, Career Speed Networking (11-12pm, 1C), Italian Gelato Party (2-4:30pm, 1C), outdoor music performances, and many more events are on tap.  For a complete listing of events, log onto Most of the events, including all of CSI’s athletic programming are free of charge to the general public.