Jan. 11, 2017
CLEVELAND -The National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) has announced the recipients of this year’s NADIIIAA/JOSTENS Community Service Awards. Each of the selected institutions and conferences is being recognized for the impressive community service projects performed by its student-athletes during the 2015-16 academic year.
The awards program, established in 2001, is co-sponsored by the NADIIIAA and Jostens and is intended to recognize the many contributions Division III student-athletes regularly make to their campuses and local communities. Recognition is given for projects in three categories: One Time Projects (Manhattanville College), An Array of Projects (Oswego State), and Ongoing Projects (Oswego State).
In addition to presenting commemorative trophies to the three winning institutions, NADIIIAA and Jostens will make a $1,000 contribution to the general scholarship fund at each of these institutions. The awards will be presented during the NADIIIAA Awards Reception at the NCAA Convention held in Nashville, Tennessee on January 21.
In addition to the overall winners, three institutions received Award of Merit recognition within each category, along with nine institutions that earned honorable mention status.
One-Time Project Category (18 nominees)
Winner: Manhattanville College – Teen Boutique
Manhattanville’s women’s lacrosse and women’s soccer teams spend a Saturday each semester with teenage girls of low-income families at the Teen Boutique event set up at a facility close to campus. The students help the teenagers shop through donated clothes, but most importantly serve as mentors to the girls. Prior to the teenagers arrival, the student-athletes help sort and arrange the clothing to make it more accessible. Click here to learn more!
Award of Merit: Pacific Lutheran University (learn more)
Honorable Mention: Saint Mary’s of Minnesota (learn more), Mount Aloysius College (learn more), University of Texas Tyler (learn more)
An Array of Projects Category (25 nominees)
Winner: Oswego State
Oswego State’s 24 NCAA teams set a school record with 60 different community service projects or events during the 2015-16 academic year. Overall the student-athletes volunteered for, participated in, fundraised for, and otherwise supported some 42 different charities and organizations throughout the year. Across the board, Oswego State supported local, national and worldwide groups during their efforts. Additionally, SAAC, coaches and assistants and athletics administrators also participated in one or more projects. Overall, each team was challenged to participate in at least two community projects last year. Click here to learn more!
Award of Merit: Arcadia University (learn more)
Honorable Mention: Albion College (learn more), Kalamazoo College (learn more), Wilmington College (learn more)
On-Going Project Category (21 nominees)
Winner: Oswego State
Last spring’s St. Baldrick’s Day in Oswego event was the 10th annual fundraiser for childhood cancer research, and with the $72,852 raised, Oswego surpassed the half-million-dollar mark. Approximately 165 volunteers “Braved the Shave” on behalf of sick children from the neighborhood and worldwide. Local businesses donated raffle items, and once again the event involved not only Oswego State student-athletes, but people from all over Oswego County. In addition to the men’s lacrosse team (and coaching staff), the SAAC group made the St. Baldrick’s event one of their priorities for the year. There were also participants from the men’s ice hockey and men’s track and field while members of the women’s ice hockey and field hockey teams helped with fundraising. Click here to learn more!
Award of Merit: Eastern Connecticut State University (learn more)
Honorable Mention: Aurora University (learn more), Moravian College (learn more), Springfield College (learn more)
About NADIIIAA: NADIIIAA is an association comprised of athletics administrators from the nearly 450 institutions and 43 conferences competing at the NCAA Division III level. A primary purpose of NADIIIAA is to encourage the continued development of athletics programs focused on the student-athlete and based on sound educational philosophy.
About Jostens: Minneapolis-based Jostens is a leading provider of products, programs and services that help people celebrate important moments, recognize achievements and build affiliation. The company’s products include yearbooks, class rings, graduation products, school photography, employee and achievement awards, and products for athletics departments and their fans. Jostens is the exclusive sponsor of the NADIIIAA.
The National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators expresses its appreciation to Jostens for its support of the NADIIIAA and its sponsorship of this award.