April 1, 2013

McDaniel to celebrate Division III Week

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Beginning on Monday, McDaniel will join the rest of NCAA Division III and celebrate its student-athletes, kicking off a weeklong celebration upon the encouragement of the national organization.

Division III is the NCAA’s largest and most diverse division, with more than 440 members, 40 conferences and 170,000 student-athletes.

Division III Week is an opportunity for all individuals associated with a Division III institution or conference to observe the impact of athletics on the campus and surrounding community, as student-athletes engage in activities focusing on academic accomplishment, athletic experience and leadership/community service/campus involvement.

Running April 8 to 14, the second annual Division III Week celebrates the unique Division III student-athlete experience, which offers a highly competitive athletics environment, a commitment to academic excellence and time to pursue other interests.

Division III schools strive to provide student-athletes the opportunity to discover their potential and develop their passions through full participation in campus life, and ultimately to dedicate themselves to success as citizens and leaders in society.

For its part in the program, the Green Terror athletics department in conjunction with the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) will hold activities each day throughout the week.

On Monday, the department will host a roundtable discussion with a distinguished panel hosted by Director of Athletics Paul Moyer. Alumnae Becky Martin, Sally Stanfield and Alice Smith will join former associate director of athletics Carol Fritz for a discussion on the history and impact of Title IX. It is a free event at the Gill Center that will begin at 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday during the home baseball game against Johns Hopkins, the McDaniel student-athletes will once again honor the College’s faculty with Faculty Appreciation Day. Student-athletes have invited their faculty – those who assist them in the classroom as part of the Division III emphasis on student in student-athlete – and will staff a grill where free hot dogs will be served to any faculty member who stops by the game.

On Wednesday, the student-athletes will appreciate themselves and each other with a SAAC-sponsored barbeque during a lacrosse doubleheader. The women host Gettysburg at 4 p.m. with the men to follow against Swarthmore at 7 p.m. Student-athletes have been invited to a tailgate for camaraderie with their fellow athletes at Kenneth R. Gill Stadium while they will cheer on their fellow competitors.

On Friday, the department staff will recognize its student-athletes with a morning reception in which the department’s coaches and administrators will man a table in the lobby of the Gill Center to serve bagels and coffee to passing student-athletes on their way to class. The table will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.

McDaniel will conclude the week with a department community service event on Saturday, hosting a free youth clinic for the community. Green Terror athletes will provide skills clinics in soccer, basketball, field hockey and golf prior to the home softball doubleheader against Ursinus at 1 pm. Following the two games, the softball team will offer a clinic and invites those youth who attended all day to stay for a free tailgate with the team.

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