Western New England Celebrates NCAA Division III Week for April 6-12, 2015

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NCAA Division III Week is set for April 6-12 across the country. The event is a celebration by member institutions and conferences of the division's unique philosophy that equally values academics, athletics and student-athletes' involvement in a full and rich campus life.

For a Division III Week "Facts & Figures" document, please click HERE.

The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) will kick off its celebration of Division III Week on Sunday, April 12, as the conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will host their spring meeting at Wentworth Institute of Technology. The group will be hosting a Special Olympics field day event in the morning followed by our conference SAAC meeting in the afternoon. 

CCC member institutions will also take part in activities on or around their campuses throughout DIII Week.
Activities include:

  • Volunteering on campus for accepted student day
  • Sponsoring a field day event to promote spring athletic teams
  • Selling "Fear the Beard" t-shirts with all proceeds going to Team IMPACT
  • #ColonelHunt social media scavenger hunt
  • Feature story on two student athletes that went to Peru for Biology/Enviormental Studies
  • Feature story on three student-athletes who went to Glendora, Miss. during spring break to administer healthcare to poverty neighborhoods
  • Highlighting student-athletes that transferred from DI to DIII in a video interview
  • Announcing the DIII statement prior to all home contests
  • Feature stories on student athletes and why they chose DIII
  • Putting up informational fliers and showing DIII informational videos
  • Creating an "Athletic Mmeories Collage" of student athletes accomplishments
  • Information tabling throughout the week about DIII Week
  • Ice Cream Social to celebrate student athletes with a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Celebrating fan days throughout the week to support teams on campus

More information on Division III Week:

For resources regarding NCAA Division III Week, click HERE.

Division III Week is a positive 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.

During NCAA Division III Week, every member institution and conference is encouraged 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.

Follow all of the DIII Week stories being told across the country by checking out the Twitter hashtag #d3week and if you want to tell a Division III story of your own, use the Twitter hashtag #whyd3!