HADLEY, Mass. - 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. More information about Division III Week can be found here.
Amherst and Tufts Student Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) are promoting “Why D3?”throughout the week on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Amherst SAAC is highlighting student-athletes’ study abroad and other academic and campus experiences, while Tufts SAAC is sharing why Jumbo student-athletes and coaches chose Division III.
Bates highlighted the athletic department to the entire campus on Wednesday night by providing cake in its dining hall, while featuring a running video of scholar-athletics and displaying athletic memorabilia.
Bowdoin SAAC will host a Special Olympics Track & Field clinic on Saturday, after hosting clinics in volleyball, basketball and bowling earlier this year.
Hamilton is hosting a luncheon for its scholar-athletes after hosting a nutrition speaker earlier in the week.
Trinity is hosting a field day on Thursday for local sixth graders, who will spend time on campus playing sports and being mentored by Bantam student-athletes.
Wesleyan is continuing its work with the Macdonough School and will participate in recess on Friday. Wesleyan student-athletes will also spend some time focusing on the importance of sportsmanship with the Macdonough School students.
Williams student-athletes took pledges against sexual assault and helped display a clothesline project that focuses on combating sexual assault and raising awareness for victims. Williams will also host a conference on Saturday where the role of athletics on a college campus and in society at large will be discussed by SAAC members from 12 different schools, as well as host a SuperFan Carnival to rally excitement around our softball and baseball teams' games against Amherst. There will be inflatable toys, a dunk tank, carnival food, and other fun booths.