Attleboro, Mass.- NECC member schools are getting into the spirit of NCAA Division III Week with a wide range of programming meant to engage each respective campus and its surrounding community. According to the NCAA, Division III week is a “positive opportunity for all individuals associated with a Division III institution to observe and celebrate the impact athletics and student-athletes have on campus and in the surrounding community.”
Member schools will be taking part in initiatives to serve the communities outside of their campus, as well as activities on campus to bring student-athletes, coaches, professors and other members of campus together. Per the NCAA, Division III Week is a “strategic initiative that achieves its desired impact from a unity of effort. It harnesses everyone working toward the same goal at the same time to build a greater awareness and understanding of Division III athletics.”
Spring sports are in full swing, and members of each respective campus and community are encouraged to head out and support their teams. Full schedules can be found under the respective sports tabs on the NECC website. In addition, each member school will have the opportunity to take over the NECC Instagram page, so be sure to follow the NECC on Instagram at @NECCathletics.
For more information on programming offered at each school, see below:
Monday, April 2, Bay Path is taking over the NECC Instagram.
On Tuesday, April 3, Bay Path will host NECC/NCAA featured speaker Andrea Fallon-Korb at 8:30 p.m. in the Blake Dining Hall.
On Monday, April 2, Becker will host a celebration for National Student-Athlete Day.
On Tuesday, April 3, Becker is taking over the NECC Instagram.
All home contests over the course of the week will be dedicated to Autism Awareness. All fans are encouraged to wear blue, and donations will be accepted to benefit the Dean chapter of Best Buddies.
On Monday, April 2, student-athletes will host Bingo night at a local retirement home.
On Wednesday, April 4, Dean is taking over the NECC Instagram.
On Friday, April 6, Dean will provide cake to celebrate National Student-Athlete Day, and host trivia night for members of the campus community.
Monday, April 2 is “Pie Your Coach in the Face Day” where Elms athletes have the chance to pie coaches.
Tuesday, April 3, Elms will hold a dodge ball tournament for members of the campus community.
On Thursday, April 5, Elms will take over the NECC Instagram.
To kick off Division III week, Lesley interviewed some of their student-athletes and captured why they chose DIII. You can view the video here.
Throughout the week, student-athletes will be taking over Lesley's social media accounts.
On Friday, April 6, Lesley will take over the NECC Instagram.
Over the course of the week, Mitchell will be collecting supplies for the Connecticut Humane Society.
Monday, April 2 members of campus will be encouraged to dress like their favorite movie character. There will also be a chance to tie-dye a T-shirt in preparation for Tie Dye Thursday.
On Tuesday, April 3, campus members are encouraged to wear gear from their favorites sports team, and join a pickup indoor soccer game in the gym.
On Wednesday, April 4, Mitchell will be hosting a tailgate, complete with food, drinks and tailgate games, before their men’s lacrosse and baseball teams take the field.
Thursday, April 5, is Tie Dye Thursday, and Mitchell will host Spirit Bingo, where campus members have a chance to win Mitchell swag.
On Friday, April 6, Mitchell encourages campus and community members to share their favorite meme on social media.
On Saturday, April 7, Mitchell will take over the NECC Instagram.
Division III Week will kick-off on Monday, April 3, with the celebration of Nigel the Nighthawks 10th birthday with chances to take your picture with Nigel and celebrate with cake in the Dining Center. Monday will also be "Pie Your Coach in the Face Day", giving Newbury student-athletes the opportunity to pie members of the coaching staff.
Tuesday, April 3, is "Fall Athlete Jersey Day", giving student-athletes the opportunity to wear their jerseys around campus in celebration of their dedication to athletics.
In addition to Fall Athlete Jersey Day, Newbury College will participate in the "It's On Us" Campaign, an initiative created to end sexual assault.
On Wednesday, April 4, winter sports athletes will have the opportunity to participate in "Winter Athlete Jersey Day", honoring those student-athletes who take part in winter programs.
Also on Wednesday, a number of outdoor activities will take place, weather pending, including kickball, flag football, and ultimate frisbee.
Thursday, April 5, the spring athletes take part in "Spring Athlete Jersey Day" for their appreciation and commitment to being a student-athlete.
In addition, "Thank you Professional Staff Day" will also be among the Thursday activities, allowing students to appreciate all members of the Newbury College Professional Staff.
On Friday, April 6, the Newbury Community will celebrate Diversity Day, recognizing the diversity of all our students at Newbury College.
The week concludes on Sunday, April 8 with one of our student-athletes taking control of the NECC Instagram Page.
Throughout the week, SVC Athletics will undergo a social media takeover in which two different student-athletes will be operating the Department’s Twitter and Instagram accounts each day.
On Tuesday, April 3, a portion of all sales from at Ramunto’s Pizza on Main Street from 6-8 p.m. will be donated to the CAC.
Tuesday, April 3, will see the SVC men’s soccer team head to Arlington’s Fisher School where the Mountaineers will spend some time reading to the area’s elementary students.
On Wednesday, April 4, Southern Vermont student-athletes will visit Bennington Elementary School to speak with students in grades 3-5 about the value of participating in sports; the Mountaineers will also spend part of the morning playing their respective game with the kids during their physical education block.
On Friday, April 6, a percentage of all sandwiches sold at The Elm Street Market (ESM) will be donated to the CAC. ESM’s special that day will be The Mountaineer.
Saturday, April 7, during its Senior Day, women’s lacrosse will get an SVC faculty member involved in the action with a guest coach for its 12 p.m. New England Collegiate Conference matchup against Becker College. Reneé Merges, an assistant criminal justice professor in the College’s Donald Everett Axinn Division of Social Sciences, will join the Mountaineers on the sideline and get an inside look at what goes on in the bench area and team huddles during a match.
On Monday, April 9, SVC will take over the NECC Instagram.
Additional tentative programs include a guest speaker for the student-athletes and an open gym evening involving Southern Vermont faculty and staff members.
On Tuesday, April 10, Wheelock will take over the NECC Instagram.