The Wilmington College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be sponsoring events, Monday to Friday, April 3-7, on campus and in the community in honor of the NCAA Division III Week.
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. 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.
Kicking off the week will be a campus cookout 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Wilmington Softball Complex as the Fightin' Quakers take on rival Mount St. Joseph in a non-conference doubleheader.
On Tuesday, WC student-athletes will head over to the Clinton County Youth Council to volunteer with the organization. The student-athletes will be involved with a plethora of activities from landscaping to cooking meals to participating in athletic and educational activities.
In conjunction of National Student-Athlete Day on Wednesday, SAAC is encouraging the campus to wear purple in honor of former Wilmington College student-athlete Jenna Parlette. The cross country runner, who was epileptic, passed away after collapsing toward the end of the 2012 season opener.
Parlette was the epitome of what a Wilmington College student-athlete should strive to become – a top athlete, who was a revered teammate and better person.
The women's lacrosse team also hosts Ohio Northern 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
SAAC is sponsoring a sportsmanship speaker, Stephanie Zonars, 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Boyd Theatre.
Elementary school kids from the Wilmington community are invited to participate in the Elementary School Field Day on Collett Mall from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday.
D3 Week will concludes 1 p.m. Saturday as the men's lacrosse team hosts John Carroll at Williams Stadium.