Jan. 11, 2018
The National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) has announced the recipients of this year’s NADIIIAA 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 2016-17 academic year.
The awards program, established in 2001, is sponsored by the NADIIIAA 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 (Hartwick College), An Array of Projects (Oberlin College), and Ongoing Projects (Aurora University).
In addition to presenting commemorative trophies to the three winning institutions, NADIIIAA 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 Indianapolis, IN on January 20.
In addition to the overall winners, six institutions received Award of Merit recognition within each category, along with eleven institutions that earned honorable mention status.
One-Time Project Category (16 nominees)
Winner: Hartwick College – Goals for Gus
Hartwick field hockey student-athlete Maxine Dunn, with support from Head Coach Anna Meyer, and her teammates created the “Hartwick Field hockey Goals for Gus” fundraiser. Maxine met and gave swim lessons to a little boy named Gus, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Maxine and the team raised money through sponsorship, donations, letter writing, and hosting a game for Gus. Duchenne is the number one genetic killer of children in the world with no cure. Click here to learn more!
Award of Merit: Lake Forest College (learn more), University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (learn more), Averett University (learn more)
Honorable Mention: East Texas Baptist University (learn more), Smith College (learn more), University of Southern Maine (learn more), Stevens Institute of Technology (learn more), University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (learn more)
An Array of Projects Category (20 nominees)
Winner: Oberlin College – Lorain Community outreach
Community engagement is part of the core mission as an athletic department. Throughout the year, each of the 19 Oberlin teams participates in a community service project of their own choosing. They also have at least five additional annual community service events that SAAC and the student-athletes lead each year. Click here to learn more!
Award of Merit: SUNY Oswego (learn more), Arcadia University (learn more)
Honorable Mention: Albion College (learn more), Marymount University (learn more)
On-Going Project Category (23 nominees)
Winner: Aurora University – Triple Threat mentoring/food pantry
As a department, Aurora participates in two yearlong service projects that each occur weekly. They have been involved with each of these groups for several years and as a department, are a crucial part of their organizations. Each Thursday, one of the teams helps at the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry, the largest food pantry in our area, as well as with Triple Threat mentoring, an after-school program for at-risk youth. Click here to learn more!
Award of Merit: Catholic University of America (learn more)
Honorable Mention: University of Texas at Dallas (learn more), Emory & Henry College (learn more), Saint John’s University (learn more), Emory University (learn more).
About NADIIIAA - NADIIIAA athletics administrators from over 350 institutions and conferences competing at the NCAA Division III level. The Association encourages the continued development of athletics programs focused on the student-athlete and based on sound educational principles and the Division III philosophy. NADIIIAA is administered by NACDA, which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA, the 17 professional associations and/or three foundations it manages, please visit www.nacda.com.