NESCAC in the Community - April 17, 2015

NESCAC in the Community - April 17, 2015
Williams SAAC Hosts Conference

April 11 - On Saturday, April 11, approximately 60 student-athletes from 11 colleges in the northeast convened in historic Griffin Hall at Williams College to critically examine the role that athletics can and/or ought to play on college campuses. In response to growing concerns about collegiate athletics and their importance throughout the country, the conference aimed at opening lines of communication both within athletic departments and across other departments in order to bridge gaps and encourage collaboration.

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Williams SAAC Conference
Trinity Hosts Field Day for Local Sixth Graders

April 9 - On Thursday, April 9, members of the Trinity Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and other Bantam student-athletes took part in a field day with children from the sixth grade of the McDonough School.

The Trinity students volunteered their time to help run the event which lasted about two and a half hours before the children and the Bantams sat down for some food. In total, approximately 50 McDonough Sixth Grade Students took part in the field day and 35 Trinity student-athletes volunteered.

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Trinity Field Day
Trinity Women's Lacrosse Welcomes Two New Members Through Team IMPACT 

April 8 - The Trinity women's lacrosse team welcomed two new members to the team this season, as 14-year-old Shyanne and her nine-year-old sister, Zaylee, from East Hartford, Connecticut were added to the roster in a ceremony after practice.  

When Shyanne was 8-months-old, she was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease. For a majority of her life, she has been on dialysis due to antibiotics she was on at a young age. Shyanne, who attends the American School for the Deaf, and Zaylee will attend some practices and stand on the sideline with the Bantams during home games.

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Trinity Women's Lacrosse Team IMPACT
Three NESCAC Teams Serve on Panel at Team IMPACT Gala

April 8 - Members from three of the 40 NESCAC teams who have drafted players onto their respective squads through Team IMPACT, along with the draftees, served on a panel at the Team IMPACT Game Day Gala in Boston.

Shannon and Hannah Foley of the Tufts women's basketball team, Aliana and Carly Feinman of the Wesleyan swimming and diving team and Zach and Sean Dougherty of the Williams men's ice hockey team were interviewed by the event's emcee, ESPN personality Wendi Nix, to describe their experience in the program that pairs children with disabilities or illness with college athletic teams. 

In the nearly four years Team IMPACT has been in operation, over 650 children nationwide, covering 42 states, have been united with college teams. The children thrive in the association with the older student-athletes and the college student-athletes gain life lessons that cannot be learned in a classroom.

Team IMPACT Gala
A Pledge from Every Williams Team

April 8 - In honor of NCAA Division III Week and the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action, the Williams College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is displaying a clothesline project on the north face of the Paresky Center.

The clothesline project was unveiled on Tuesday and it is focused on combating sexual assault and raising awareness for victims.

Each of the 32 Williams varsity athletic teams donated a t-shirt to be hung on the clothesline on the facing of the Paresky Center.

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Williams Pledge Against Sexual Assault
NESCAC Schools Celebrate Division III Week

April 8 - In celebration of Division III week, which runs from April 6-12, NESCAC institutions are participating in a variety of events throughout the week. Events range from using social media to promote student-athletes’ reasons for “WhyD3?” to hosting Special Olympics events and field days for local children to honoring scholar-athletes.

Division III Week is an opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct a type of outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment; athletic experience; or leadership/community service/campus involvement.

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NESCAC Participates in Division III Week
Wesleyan Hosts Fifth Annual Recess for Local School

April 2 - Approximately 45 student from the Macdonough School in Middletown came to Wesleyan for recess on Thursday, April 2. It was the fifth year in a row that an area school has been invited to Wesleyan's Bacon Field House for a noontime recess in early April. Student-athletes from numerous Wesleyan athletic teams have spent a great deal of time at Macdonough over the last five years to act as role models and speak to the students there on a variety of topics, including such concerns as sportsmanship. 

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Wesleyan Recess
Trinity Baseball Works with Be The Match Bone Marrow Registry

April 2 - On April 2, Trinity baseball players stepped up to the plate for the Bone Marrow donation registry. In conjunction with the Be The Match organization, the players got their mouths swabbed and encouraged fellow students to do the same. After simply having the swab done, students are then placed in the Bone Marrow registry in the hopes of becoming a match for someone in dire need.

Bantam first-year Cooper Mooney has a childhood friend who was a recipient of this life-saving gift and in an effort to give back, Cooper enlisted the help of second-year head coach Bryan Adamski and his fellow teammates. The Bantams joined the cause and helped increase the registry by more than 50 donors. More importantly, the team did a great job getting the word out about bone marrow donation and how it can save lives.

Trinity Baseball Bone Marrow Registry
Tufts Men's Lacrosse Volunteers at Cradles to Crayons for Seventh Year

March 24 - Following a long road trip to Maryland and a hard-fought victory over Stevenson University, the Tufts men’s lacrosse team held its seventh annual volunteer day at Cradles to Crayons in Brighton during spring break, continuing its tradition of support for local public service organizations.

After arriving home from the Stevenson game, the team spent the next day (March 19) at Cradles to Crayons sorting and folding clothes, preparing clothing packs, cataloging inventory, cleaning and sorting toys and filling orders for children who need books, warm clothes and other items. 

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Tufts Men's Lacrosse Cradles to Crayons
Tufts Field Hockey Welcomes Newest Member Through Team IMPACT 

March 12 - Catherine Malatesta, a 16-year old junior from Arlington, who loves field hockey, singing and acting was welcomed by the Tufts field hockey team joining the team for dinner on Monday night in what looks to be the first of many team dinners for Catherine.

Catherine and the team were connected through Team IMPACT, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by establishing and expanding vibrant team-based support networks. 

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Tufts Field Hockey Team IMPACT