(PRESQUE ISLE, ME) -- The University of Maine-Presque Isle Athletics website will join a weeklong nationwide celebration of the inaugural "NCAA Division III Week" April 9-15. Each day throughout the week, articles will highlight the impact of Division III athletics and the unique Division III student-athlete experience at UMPI, which offers a highly competitive athletics environment, a commitment to academic excellence and leadership/community service/campus involvement.
NCAA Division III Week was created to celebrate academic achievement, athletic accomplishments, and leadership and community service amongst student-athletes across the country. With 442 members, Division III is the largest division within the NCAA, which administers 28 Division III championships. Nearly 180,000 student-athletes compete at the Division III level.
The NCAA national office also will be focusing attention on the Special Olympics partnership during the week. Division III will donate $1 (up to $5,000) to Special Olympics for every new "Like" April 9-15 on the division's Facebook page.
UMPI Athletics Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/owlsathletics
Division III schools strive to provide student-athletes the opportunity to discover their potential and develop their passions through full participation in campus life,and ultimately to dedicate themselves to success as citizens and leaders in society.
Schedule of NCAA Division III Week features:
Tuesday: Two-Sport Athletes
With specialization becoming more and more the norm in athletics, student-athletes are choosing to focus on just one sport to excel and pursue in college. NCAA Division III has become one of the last bastions for the two-sport athlete. Tuesday we will talk to UMPI students that have chosen to play two-sports in college, why they do it, and how they manage to successfully balance time committments.
Wednesday: All-Academic Team Members
Many people consider NCAA Division III to be the home of the true "STUDENT-athlete". At UMPI, on average, student-athlete GPA's are nearly a full point higher than that of the general student population. Wednesday will take a look at how the Owls find that participation in one can lead to success in the other.
Thursday: Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (Student-Athlete Appreciation Celebration)
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee works on a campus and nationwide level to serve the dual purpose of giving a voice to student-athletes and to make sure students in athletics are giving back to the communities that are supporting them by coming to games and contributing to fundraisers. Thursday will shed some light on the contributions of this group. Also, at 12:30 in Wieden Hall, every current UMPI student-athlete will come together to take a picture of all players in all sports.
Friday: UMPI Athletics in the community
Every Owls' athletic program does what it can to give back to the community. On Friday we will highlight some of the efforts of individual teams and talk to the coaches and players that take part to find out why they do it and what they gain by doing their part.