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WC, nation celebrate Division III Week

Student-athletes honored for overall excellence

April 9, 2012

Student-athletes like Wilmington College softball pitcher Jess Clutter (at left) are being honored across the nation as part of Division III Week.

Student-athletes like Wilmington College softball pitcher Jess Clutter (at left) are being honored across the nation as part of Division III Week.

NCAA Division III Week is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of student-athletes, but it’s no surprise that the student-athletes are turning the celebration into an opportunity to become even more involved in campus and community life.

The inaugural Division III Week is set for today through Sunday. Schools and conferences are reporting a variety of activities to celebrate student-athletes’ academic achievements and athletics accomplishments, in addition to their campus leadership and their involvement in community service.

In many cases, student-athletes themselves are planning the activities, led by conference and campus student-athlete advisory committees (SAAC).

At Wilmington College, faculty and staff have been invited to attend the Quakers’ baseball doubleheader with Otterbein on Wednesday.

“We are proud of what our student-athletes accomplish on an ongoing basis and we think it is important to give them our complete support,” said WC Vice President for Athletics Administration/Director of Athletics Terry Rupert said. “The commitment they give to their academics, athletics and community embodies the very essence of Division III.”

Wilmington’s SAAC also plays a key role in bridging the gap between campus and community. SAAC has partnered with Clinton County Special Olympics, with students providing support at area basketball games. SAAC also will be there when Special Olympians take to the track and field at Wilmington College for their annual meet this spring.

“Living in the Division III environment offers a unique look at some very talented young adults,” Rupert said. “We are pleased to take this week to celebrate the many accomplishments they have reached at Wilmington College. They deserve our support. They deserve our respect.”