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 1 to 7, the eighth 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 throughout the week.
On Monday, the department staff will begin the week by recognizing 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, coffee and juice to passing student-athletes on their way to class. The Kickoff Breakfast runs from 9-11:30 a.m.
On Tuesday during the home baseball game against Washington, 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.
Friday is the Department of Kinesiology's annual Tournament of Champions in which the Green Terror student-athletes will provide community service. The event, in its 30th year, provides children with physical and visual disabilities in grades K-12 in Carroll and neighboring counties the opportunity to succeed in modified sports skills.
The week wraps up on Friday evening with a presentation from Jessica Mohler, a clinical and sports psychologist from the United States Naval Academy, speaking on mental health.