President Miller signed a resolution declaring April 2-8 as NCAA Division III Week at Virginia Wesleyan University, recognizing our student-athletes’ hard work on the field, in the classroom, and within the community at large. Joining him for the ceremony were Gavin Fry, Athletics Management Council student representative, Sue Larkin, Faculty Athletics Representative, Joanne Renn, Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, and Amanda Gerni, Vice President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (view photo).
National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division III Week takes place annually across the country. Participating schools and conference offices conduct outreach activities in the areas of academic accomplishment, athletic experience, leadership, community service, and campus involvement. Plans for Virginia Wesleyan are coordinated by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and this year included an Easter Egg Hunt, Faculty Appreciation Day, Game Day, Fire Pits, Social Media Day, Walk for Water, and Kickball. The Marlin softball program's annual Strike Out Cancer fundraiser was also scheduled as part of the week, but due to inclement weather, it has been rescheduled for April 22.
The week is part of Division III’s Identity Initiative, which was introduced in 2010 to sharpen its identity and enable schools and conferences to more effectively explain why they prefer to compete in Division III. The initiative has been guided by a strategic-positioning platform, describing Division III as a place where student-athletes can “follow your passions and develop your potential,” within an approach that combines rigorous academics, competitive sports and an opportunity to pursue other interests.
Thanks to all student-athletes, coaches, athletic department staff, faculty-team advisors, and others on campus who work daily to make VWU’s program so successful.
Visit www.vwuathletics.com for more information about NCAA Division III Week.