W&J SAAC Announces Division III Week Initiatives
WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Washington & Jefferson College Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) announced its plans for NCAA Division III Week (April 8-14) on Thursday.
The Second Annual NCAA Division III Week provides each member school an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the well-rounded collegiate experience enjoyed by the Division III student-athlete. The concept is an initiative which spans the nation’s largest NCAA division, with nearly 450 college and universities.
The W&J SAAC begins its week of service and recognition on Monday (April 8) as eight student-athletes will participate in a spring cleaning project at the Washington City Mission’s Avis Arbor Women’s Shelter. According to the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, the fastest growing population of homeless people continues to be single women with children. This same increase is being experienced in the region serviced by the Avis Arbor Women and Children's Recovery Program.
On Tuesday (April 9), members of the Presidents’ athletic teams will volunteer at Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern Pennsylvania to help with indoor and outdoor maintenance of the property. The mission of Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA is to increase awareness of domestic violence and its effect on the community, to empower those victimized by providing advocacy and safe and effective services, and to work for social change designed to eliminate domestic violence.
Ten student-athletes are schedule to work for the Baby Book Bag Program on Wednesday (April 10). Volunteers stuff bright yellow tote bags with children’s books and literature outlining the importance of reading to babies from birth as well as other materials. W&J student-athletes are hoping to stuff 200 bags which will be delivered to new mothers at the Washington Hospital. Nearly 20,000 Baby Book Bags have been distributed to mothers and their children since the program’s inception in 1994.
During Friday’s (April 12) baseball game and Saturday’s (April 13) softball doubleheader, W&J will be collecting donations of nonperishable food items (peanut butter, tuna fish, canned fruit and vegetables, pasta, canned meat, rice, cereal, etc.), hygienic supplies and office supplies for the Greater Washington County Food Bank.
The Washington & Jefferson College department of athletics is hosting a Girls Field Day on Saturday (April 13) at Cameron Stadium from noon until 2:00 pm. The field day is for girls in grades 1-8 and will include an afternoon of sports, food and fun in the sun.
NCAA Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with a Division III institution to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct a type of outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment; athletic experience; or leadership/community service/campus involvement.