Jenna Parlette collapsed within sight of the finish line and, days later, she was gone. The medical anomalies that led to her death were complex. So are the emotions that ensued. Read More.

This Issue | Summer 2014

Features | Profiles | Interviews
Cover Story | Commentary | On Campus
Championships | NCAA Insider | The Magazine


Cover Story
One giant leap

Kendall Spencer competes in track and field for the University of New Mexico and is in training for the Olympic trials. But for now, he is the face of the Division I student-athlete voice in the NCAA. Read More.

A Game and a plan

Courtney Boyd didn’t want to follow her peers into the life of drugs and despair that consumed her hometown. To move on, she would need a new family, a new home, a new name – and the belief that an education could change her life. Read More.

On Campus
Moved to action

A moving personal story shared by a teammate led Muhlenberg College junior Jason Leitmeyer to intervene in an apparent suicide attempt and possibly save a young girl’s life. Read More.

Sister act

For 12 years, a sister in the Van Dyke family has played second base for Felician. This year, that streak ends when the youngest graduates. Read More.

Q&A: Anthony Maccaglia

Oglethorpe junior Anthony Maccaglia made history this summer as the first Division III golfer to compete in the Palmer Cup. Read More.

Community, championships come together in Division II

This was the first year Division II hosted community engagement events at each of its championship events. Read More.

Long-term commitment

Coach, mentor, friend: Lynn Schweizer has touched many lives through her sweeping involvement at Denison. Read More.

Strength in numbers

Adrian President Jeffrey Docking led the addition of 19 sports teams and several new campus facilities, from a football stadium to an ice rink. Read More.

On Campus
An unlikely NFL pipeline

John Carroll University is well-represented in the NFL’s ranks – several coaches, general managers and other executives attended the school in the 1990s. Read More.

Fast mover

Nnenna Akotaobi is only five years removed from her playing days, but her passion for diversity and working with student-athletes has already lifted the Swarthmore University Associate Director of Athletics to a spot on the Division III Management Council. Read More.

“They definitely worried at first...”

Despite being legally blind, long snapper Aaron Golub was offered a preferred walk-on spot at Tulane and expects to compete for the starting job. Read More

Rowing captain

She used to cox the boat for cops. Now she leads the national governing body of her favorite sport. Read More.

Earning the call

Of 838 officials, only 10 are invited to preside over the Final Four. Mike Roberts has never received that coveted phone call. Can he survive the madness and advance to Dallas? Read More.

Going ballistic

From the basement of a red brick building at Washington State, the Sports Science Lab tests sports equipment to ensure a level playing field. Read More.

Back to school

In April, the Enforcement Department launched its Campus Placement Program, designed to improve understanding between campuses and enforcement staff. Maryland was the department’s first visit. Read More.

Cellular networking

A Minnesota Duluth football player battling cancer, an alumnus who works in stem cell research, and an unlikely connection. Read More.

UConn wins on court, in classroom

The UConn men’s basketball team went from tournament ineligibility for academic reasons to winning the championship while earning a perfect single-year Academic Progress Rate. Read More.

Battlefield to home field

Veterans returning from war find a new team — and a different kind of camaraderie. Read More.

“I don’t really talk about it.”

University of Florida sophomore Brooke Sharp, a forward on the women’s soccer team, has a legendary great-grandfather who built his fame in another sport. Read More

His winning decision

This spring, the Central College (Iowa) softball coach became the first in Division III to win 1,000 games. Read More.

The right track

After trotting the globe both as a player and a team owner, Mannie Jackson is helping students at his alma mater envision success. Read More.

Grant program aids limited-resource schools

The first recipients of the NCAA Accelerated Academic Success Program used the funding from the pilot program in the 2013-14 academic year to help enhance their academic performance. Read More.

Louder than ever

To mark the rising volume of the student-athlete voice, Champion magazine invited a chorus of three to share theirs with NCAA President Mark Emmert. Read More.