PROVIDENCE, R.I.- Darius Joyce has been selected as one of 45 student-athletes to attend the 2021 NCAA Division III Student Immersion Program this upcoming January in conjunction with the NCAA Convention. Typically, the Immersion Program takes place in-person at the NCAA Convention, but due to COVID-19, this year the convention is being held virtually from January 13 to 15.
"I am extremely excited to be selected for this opportunity. I did not think I would be selected but I stayed optimistic, so it was an awesome feeling to be chosen." said Joyce. "I am looking forward to meeting and speaking with many of the people that have experience working for the NCAA, because becoming an administrator that designs and runs NCAA events is my dream."
In 2015, a panel created specifically for the NCAA Division III to address diversity and inclusion throughout its ranks established a new program. Each year, the NCAA selects more than 40 ethnic minority students interested in coaching or athletic administration to attend the convention, fully funded, to see the occupation in real time and create a pipeline of talented future candidates.
Joyce, a cyber-security major and member of the wrestling program, hails from Easton, Penn. and currently is in his junior year. Joyce most recently took home All-American Honors landing on the third team. He picked up All-New England honors after coming in second in the 2020 NCAA Division III New England Regional at the 157-weight division. That second place finish helped the Wildcats to a fourth straight New England title and secured a place at the 2020 NCAA Division III Nationals which unfortunately did not take place due to the pandemic.
Joyce is not the first Wildcat to attend the program; softball student-athlete Olivia DiGiacomo received the invitation to attend the 2020 convention, which was held in January, 2019, in Anaheim, California.