The SCIAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee kicked of Division III week with their spring meeting on Sunday, April 2. Representatives from each of the nine schools met for a professional development session with Chelsea Wooding follow by their spring conference meeting before concluding the afternoon with some fun with a flying session simulating skydiving at iFly Ontario.
The afternoon started with Chelsea Wooding from National University speaking to the students about leaving their mark and how to be an influential leader on the team. The students then convened for their spring meeting which centered around potential 2018 NCAA legislation including the deregulation of social media rules and championship enhancements. Finally the students took part in an activity of simulating skydiving at the iFly Ontario center.
For Division III Week at Occidental on Thursday (nationally recognized student-athlete day) there will be a luncheon with faculty and student-athletes on Weingart Patio 11:45-12:50 w/ Spitz. On Saturday April 8 there is a Community-wide BBQ outside Softball's blackout game on Mullin grove from 12-3pm. Finally on Tuesday, April 11 the Tigers will welcome sports Psychologist Trevor Moawad for a lecture. There will also be spotlights and day-in-the-life broadcasts on social media from 4/1-4/8. Follow the Tigers on Instagram (@oxy_saac ) and Facebook (@OccidentalStudentAthleteAdvisoryCommittee for updates about the upcoming events and games.
At Whittier during Division III week, the Poets are having all SAAC members meet together to create a number of posters that will be displayed around campus stating facts about Division III, facts about the Whittier College Athletics program or about particular athletes, signs celebrating our athletes and their hard work each day, and signs to let everyone on campus know that it is Division III week. In addition, they are creating a social media campaign throughout the week in which facts about our athletes and Division III in general, or a student-athlete takeover to show the daily life of an SA on campus are posted.
On Tuesday the Poets are setting up a table outside of the campus cafeteria, and if a student-athlete is wearing a T-shirt from their team to show spirit and unity with one another, they are celebrating the individual by handing out goodie bags filled with snacks, candy, headbands/sweatbands, and more. Another event will take place on Thursday, Poet Pride Night. This is a night in which athletes from every team come together and compete against one another in 10 "minute to win it" style games, with the winning team receiving free T-shirts. Everyone in attendance will receive free snacks and ice cream during the event.
Whittier will culminate Division III week on Saturday by hosting a Special Olympics basketball tournament at Whittier College. Every student-athlete participates by either being a team escort, a score keeper, time keeper, or a fan in the stand. All of the athletes love giving back to the community and sharing their love of athletics to a different community. The whole day is a lot of fun, and gives us a different perspective on how we participate in athletics.