SCIAC Institutions Celebrate NCAA Division III Week

SCIAC Institutions Celebrate NCAA Division III Week

NCAA Division III Week, celebrated this year between April 2-8, is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct a type of outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment; athletic experience; or leadership/community service/campus involvement.

Here is a glimpse at what the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) member institutions did for Division III Week:

During the week of April 2-8, student-athletes of Caltech engaged in a social media takeover initiative that saw different Beavers' athletics programs post on Caltech social media accounts. This allowed people to gain a window into the life of student-athletes at Caltech. Three nights during the week, students were also given the opportunity to try their hand at sports that they do not normally participate in. Festivities included a raffle and prizes included movie tickets.

For more on Caltech Athletics visit their athletic website
Cal Lutheran
For Division III Week, Cal Lutheran student-athletes engaged in "Why DIII" and "What It Means to Be a DIII Athlete" initiatives on campus. Student-athletes wrote their answers on white boards that were displayed throughout campus. During certain home events throughout the week, t-shirts were also given away, and a "Stadium Movie Night" also took place.

For more on Cal Lutheran Athletics visit their athletic website
The Panthers of Chapman hosted their first-ever Athlete Formal in which tickets were purchased. The event is designed to celebrate the student-athlete experience and is funded by neighboring restaurants and businesses.

For more on Chapman Athletics visit their athletic website
The CMS athletics deparment organized an "After the Whistle" feature that highlighted why the Stags and Athenas student-athletes decided to choose CMS. Throughout the week, select home games also featured towel giveaways and t-shirt giveaways. 

For more on CMS's "After the Whistle" visit their athletic website
La Verne
La Verne SAAC organized an "It's On Us" video as part of NCAA Division III Week. The Leopards also participated in t-shirt and water bottle giveaways, a dunk tank and a graffiti whiteboard that featured "Why DIII" statements. 

To watch the La Verne "It's On Us" video visit their athletic website
The Occidental SAAC organized an Adidas t-shirt giveaway during NCAA Division III Week at select home events throughout the week.

For more on Occidental Athletics visit their athletic website
During the week of April 2-8, student-athletes from Pomona-Pitzer held a Special Olympics event in conjunction with "Why DIII". The Sagehens used this as an opportunity to discuss what it means to partner with Special Olympics, as well as the opportunity to discuss the larger topic of diversity and inclusion on campus.

For more on Pomona-Pitzer's Special Olympics event visit their athletic website
The Whittier athletics department showed its colors during the week of April 2-8 by wearing Poets gear throughout the week as a sign of unity. Whittier also held a Special Olympics tournament, the Presidents Club Luncheon, and athletic administrators traveled from game to game throughout the week, showing support and appreciation for all of the Poets' athletic programs.

For more on Whittier's Presidents Club Luncheon visit their athletic website