One of the virtues of NCAA Division III athletics is the well-rounded experience it provides for student-athletes. The Johnson & Wales University athletics department will join schools from around the nation in celebrating National Division III Week, April 2-8.
Now in its ninth year, Division III Week 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. DIII athletics provides a well-rounded collegiate experience to its Wildcat student-athletes—one that involves a balance of rigorous academics, competitive athletics, and the opportunity to pursue the multitude of other co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities offered on Division III campuses.
"Division III student-athletes are perhaps the most disciplined of any across all three divisions," said Mel Graf, associate dean of students. "With academics as their number one priority, they also serve as resident assistants; are members of student organizations, fraternities and sororities; and work to help fund their education, while also dedicating thousands of hours of training in their sport."
To observe and celebrate the impact athletics and student-athletes have on campus and in the community, several teams and athletes will be spotlighted throughout the week. These include Owen Macca (men's lacrosse, junior) and his trip to India for the Young Chef Olympiad, Caitlin Sweet (women's ice hockey, junior) and being one of the first biology students as well as helping start the women's ice hockey program and the department's continual work with The Tomorrow Fund, spearheaded by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Friday, April 6 is National Student-Athlete Day and JWU student-athletes will be honored for their academic achievements.
"DIII Week is a time for us to celebrate all the amazing things that our student-athletes do," says Athletic Director Jamie Marcoux. "They compete and represent our institution with such pride, but they also excel in the classroom and the community. This is the time where we can showcase what stellar athletes and students our DIII athletes are."
NCAA Division III Home Game Schedule:
Wednesday, April 4
Softball vs. Regis (DH), 4 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse vs. Lasell, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 5
Men's tennis vs. Western New England (at RIC), 3:30 p.m.
Men's volleyball vs. Emmanuel, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 7
JWU Spring IDA Show (Rehoboth, Mass.), 10 a.m.
Women's golf vs. Rhode Island College (Alpine CC), 1 p.m.
Softball vs. Saint Joseph (DH), 12 p.m.
Women's lacrosse vs. Saint Joseph, 1 p.m.
Men's lacrosse vs. Saint Joseph's, 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 8
Baseball vs. Albertus Magnus, 4 p.m.