Inaugural Division III Week Set to Begin April 9

St. Mary’s City, Md. – St. Mary’s College of Maryland will be one of nearly 450 Division III institutions to celebrate the first observance of Division III Week, set for April 9-15.  Division III Week will be an opportunity for all individuals associated with a Division III institution 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.

Throughout the week and starting on April 9th, St. Mary’s will proudly feature testimonials by some of the College’s exemplary student-athletes as they openly speak about their experiences as a Division III student-athlete.  Intermingled with the student-athlete stories, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Dr. Beth Rushing, Director of Athletics and Recreation Scott Devine, NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative and Professor of Biology Dr. Jeffrey Byrd and Head Men’s Soccer Coach Alun Oliver ’04 will also provide their perspectives on Division III.

Stories about the student-athletes’ leadership/community service/campus involvement such as the St. Mary’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee sponsoring a field day for Special Olympics of St. Mary’s County on April 1 will be highlighted as well through the week.

Division III Week will conclude with the men’s and women’s tennis teams hosting Stevenson University at 12:00 pm followed by the women’s tennis match against the University of Mary Washington at 4:00 pm.  All matches will be held at the Somerset Tennis Complex.  The team will put on a youth clinic from 12:00-2:00 pm as part of Campus Kids' Day while the match against Mary Washington will also serve as a benefit for breast cancer awareness.

Today, we feature a story of the 51 student-athletes recognized for their academic accomplishments; the faculty team mentors that support the student-athletes in their endeavors on and off the playing surface; and achievements of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.  For complete story, click here.

Watch below for a message from NCAA President Mark Emmert and please stay tuned the entire week of April 9-15 to learn more about our St. Mary’s student-athletes at www.smcmathletics.com.