GREENWOOD, IN – This year’s observance of NCAA Division III Week is set for April 7-13 across the country. The event is a celebration by member institutions of the division’s unique philosophy that equally values academics, athletics and student-athletes’ involvement in a full and rich campus life.
“The idea of identifying a specific week in which to celebrate the Division III student-athlete experience has grown out of the division’s identity initiative,” said HCAC Commissioner Christopher Ragsdale. “This initiative has been guided by a strategic-positioning platform describing Division III as a place where student-athletes can ‘follow their passions and develop their potential’.”
During NCAA Division III Week, every member institution and conference is urged to schedule at least one activity, which celebrates an aspect of the Division III student-athlete experience, from these three categories:
- Academic accomplishment, including activities such as taking time during a game to acknowledge student-athlete academic achievement, or asking teams to select a faculty member to serve as a guest coach for a practice or competition.
- Athletics activity, including conducting events such as a youth sports clinic or competition, or scheduling recognition of school teams’ or individuals’ athletics accomplishments during a game.
- Community or campus outreach, such as scheduling a community-service activity during the week, or participating in an event involving a local chapter of Special Olympics as part of Division III’s partnership with that organization.
All 10 HCAC institutions will take part in the specific week’s activities on or around their campuses. The conference office, in conjunction with the HCAC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), will sponsor a bowling event in Indianapolis with Special Olympics of Indiana on Sunday, April 13 to cap off the week’s festivities.
Student-athletes are encouraged to use the hashtag #d3week on Twitter as well as share pictures from the campus events throughout the week with the HCAC (@HCACDIII).
The conference office will also give away co-branded HCAC/NCAA t-shirts via the conference Twitter account each day during the week-long celebration.
“As Commissioner I am very proud of the work of our conference membership and their continued efforts to support the intercollegiate athletic experience as an integral part of the overall educational experience of the student-athlete,” said Ragsdale. “HCAC student-athletes excel in the classroom; excel on the athletic fields; and are actively involved on their campuses and in their communities. I am very pleased that we would choose to recognize these contributions with this celebration.”
For more information about NCAA Division III, visit www.ncaa.org/d3.