Since Division III officially partnered with the Special Olympics in August 2011, schools and conferences have held hundreds of events where student-athletes and Special Olympians meet, compete and, almost always, use laughter to build a bridge between their disparate worlds. Read More.
Growing up in rural South Carolina, sports were always an integral part of my life. This inclination followed me into my days as a young man, when I dreamed of one day becoming an NBA player and emulating Jo Jo White of the Boston Celtics. Then, I met Dr. Elizabeth Bethel. Read More.
A fall 2014 survey conducted by the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center and the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators collected responses from 18,876 college students. Of the respondents, 81 percent had attended at least one sporting event at their university. Read More.
Magic Johnson had just led Michigan State University to a national championship when Hollis arrived as a freshman and, like many eager students, asked coach Jud Heathcote if he could be a team manager. Heathcote treated him like the others. He shut the door. But Hollis came back – six more times, in fact – until Heathcote presented a life-changing offer. Read More.
I remember every bit of the injury. I was completely conscious, completely with it, so every single thing that happened, I remember like it was yesterday. It was eight weeks into my freshman year at Luther College. I remember wanting to kick off in the third quarter. I wanted to make a play. It was just a freak accident: When I dove across to make a tackle, the ball carrier’s knee struck my neck, and I just was lying there. Read More.
Thanks to 25 college athletes at Rogers State University, residents of an area assisted-living center relived a special moment: prom night. The Hillcats Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted a senior prom, complete with a prom king and queen, for residents at The Brookfield, an assisted-living center in Claremore, Oklahoma. Read More.
With a career record of 657-124-61 and two Division III national championships, Jay Martin is the winningest men’s soccer coach in the NCAA. His team plays home games at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex, but in soccer, he says, the coach’s job is to stay out of the way. Read More.
The NCAA Gender Equity Task Force recently reconvened for the first time since 1993. While they are still shaping their processes and ironing out details, the task force’s mission is clear: Move the needle on gender equity in college sports. Read More.
With his pedigree as a member of the Nigerian national soccer team headed for the 1976 Montreal Olympics, big things were expected of Thompson Usiyan when he arrived at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Nearly 40 years later, his 109 goals and 255 points in just 49 games at Appalachian State have never come close to being matched. Read More.
A nine-minute walk by way of Clinton Street is all that separates Hartwick College from the State University of New York at Oneonta. On one side of Clinton sit the campuses; on the other is the town itself, known as the “City of Hills” and home to 14,000 residents. Read More.
Aida Pojoy works the 4 a.m.-to-12:30 p.m. custodial shift at Belmont University, spending much of her time in the athletics department. Belmont senior Kirbie Ferrell’s softball team lifts weights at 7 a.m. three times a week. Inevitably, the two often would spot each other in the hallway that connects the laundry room to the training room and the locker room. One day, Ferrell spoke up. Read More.
This was the first year Division II hosted community engagement events at each of its championship events. Read More.
Shyra Ely-Gash has two passions in life: basketball and fashion. On the court, Ely-Gash played in four Final Fours for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. But she also grew up circling clothing she liked in magazines, and earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising. Read More.
The football program’s black athletes felt it was time to take a stand. They were upset about discriminatory treatment and threatened to boycott. Their voices were joined by others on campus, amplifying the protest. Soon, sweeping changes came to the university, improving staff diversity and promoting inclusive values. Read More.
A lot has changed since Erik Qualman was a college athlete at Michigan State University in the early 1990s. When he was working toward a degree in business and rising through the ranks of the Spartans basketball team Qualman didn’t have Facebook, Twitter or YouTube at his fingertips. Read More.
A longtime actor decides he has grown weary of Hollywood’s traps and trappings and retires to spend life by the pool. That’s how the narrative typically ends. But David Andriole’s story isn’t over, and the pool in question isn’t a sun-drenched oasis on the West Coast. Read More.
Parker Moore should have taken the field with his Linfield College football teammates this fall. But in November 2014, on a day that was otherwise filled with reason to celebrate, Moore was stabbed to death by a stranger in the checkout line of a 7-Eleven. Read More.
Each year our athletes are challenged to run faster and jump higher. The physical demands required of them continue to escalate. The need for a person who is certified in the proper exercises to attain these goals while ensuring safety and preventing injuries is vital. Read More.
Coppin State University men’s basketball coach Michael Grant has been coaching college for 32 years – long enough to know his relationships with players don’t end when the buzzer sounds. This spring, after the West Baltimore neighborhood surrounding Coppin State erupted in racially charged violence following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody, Grant became more than a coach – and his players and other Coppin State student-athletes became something more, too. Read More.
It was the final play in the third game of the season for the New York University baseball team. Coach Doug Kimbler saw the pitch, the pop-up, the ball landing in his shortstop’s mitt. Then, with the game won, Kimbler watched the shortstop roll the ball over the mound before leaving the field, as he would for any other game. Except this wasn’t just any other game. Kimbler knew that ball marked history. Read More.
At the Division III Issues Forum at the 2015 Convention, 78 percent of respondents to a straw poll indicated that fans and parents are the cause of most behavioral problems at games. So the Division III Sportsmanship and Game Environment Working Group is trying to find ways to diffuse tense situations in the stands so that athletes will remember their time on the field for the right reasons. Read More.
All year, Julio and Ignacio Pulido had been hoping for this matchup. Would it be more nerve-wracking than their typical tennis game? Probably. A bit harder for Mom and Dad to watch? You bet. In some ways, they were used to it – growing up in Caceres, Spain, the Pulido brothers had competed with each other in nearly everything they did. But going head-to-head in the Division II national championship tournament was a first. Read More.
Even though her college tennis days are over, Duke University graduate Parker Goyer is still scoring aces with her international service. Goyer is the founder and director of Coach for College, an educational program that connects student-athletes from the United States with students in Vietnam. Read More.
Next spring, when women’s beach volleyball serves up the NCAA’s newest championship, it will join the sporting ranks of a unique few. Women’s ice hockey, women’s water polo, rowing and bowling might not appear to have much in common with beach volleyball – nor each other – but the sports’ NCAA championships all share the same roots. Read More.
Colgate University junior Jake Danehy’s fondest childhood memories were formed in Fair Harbor, a little village on New York’s Fire Island. When the men’s lacrosse player and geography major decided to combine two other passions into a fledgling business, he relied on his memories of that little beach town to create a new brand of swimwear. Read More.
When teams and their travel parties trek hundreds of thousands of miles on their Road to the Final Four, their every move is charted by travel experts in Waterloo, Iowa, who get the job done using customized software, a color-coded dry-erase board and, always, a large dose of patience. Read More.
Two hours before sunset on June 3, Texas A&M University-Commerce basketball player La’Tisha Hearne pointed her black Nissan Maxima south, crossed four lanes and a wide median and was just a few feet from ensuring that no one in the car would ever remember that intersection. Then a green semi barreled into the right rear door. Read More.
In January, Division III and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators launched 360 Proof, a new online tool designed to help members better address alcohol use and abuse on their campuses and to encourage collaboration between athletics departments and student affairs personnel. Read More.
We can’t set the record straight on every myth in college sports. But for a few of the most common assumptions, NCAA researchers hit the books on a fact-finding mission. The team pored over, crunched and analyzed a bevy of surveys, numbers and charts. And now, we share the truth. Read More.
Jim Isch, a man accustomed to challenging meetings and tough questions, hurried into his fourth-floor office during one of his final weeks and prepared for a conversation he would rather not have. Read More.
Heather Mottau, a student-athlete who competes in ice hockey at Northeastern University, assembled a campaign to encourage Northeastern students to register to vote. Read More.
NCAA Champion celebrates college sports and the people who give it a special place in American society, from the coaches and athletics directors who shape the collegiate experience to student-athletes who achieve as much off the field as on it. Champion entertains and informs while focusing on the most important contributor to college sports: the student-athlete, whose successes provide rich and far-reaching meaning to the definition of what makes a Champion.
Clemson is in the midst of its best football season in more than 30 years, and the school’s first national championship since 1981 is only one win away. In part because of what he experienced on a Sunday three decades ago, Tony Elliott has been integral to that success. Read More.
In the late 1990s, one of the most sought-after high school recruits in the nation didn’t play basketball or football. Instead, he was a marksman from Mount Holly, New Jersey, who had already set a junior world record as a 16-year-old in the 50-meter rifle three-position event. Read More.
Mike Kroll started Manchester University’s swimming and diving program a year ago after a decade of finding success as a coach and swimmer. With spastic cerebral palsy, Kroll’s goal as a swimmer wasn’t to win a race but to make himself better and meet his personal goals every day. Read More.
Sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more NCAA athletes than any other sport-related trauma. So the NCAA Sport Science Institute and leading sports medicine groups across the country have crafted an interassociation statement on cardiovascular care in hopes of keeping athletes safer. Read More.
Millions are interested in college sports; few understand the intricacies behind them. What follows is the story of how 1,121 schools, more than 100 conferences, tens of thousands of athletics administrators and more than 460,000 student-athletes come together to make the NCAA work. Read More.
Domenic Fraboni didn’t venture to Canada in spring 2014 to see mountains and moose. He went to get tackled. Thanks to a rule permitting teams to compete on international trips, Fraboni and his teammates on the Concordia College, Moorhead, football team scrimmaged against a Canadian team in May 2014. Read More.
Building up a brand is nothing new to American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco. The AAC will enter its third year this fall, and Aresco believes the league, which was created amid all the moves in conference realignment, is on pace to hit its stride. Read More.
When new legislation takes effect next month for the five autonomy conferences in Division I, student-athletes will be able to receive scholarships that fund up to the federally defined full cost of attendance, which varies from school to school. But that benefit also means they will need to manage sums of money beyond what many of them are accustomed to handling. Read More.
There’s a good chance you never considered painkiller use to be an epidemic, but there is another side to their use: the easy introduction to their potent high through initial prescriptions; ready access to more pills through black markets; and eventually, a pathway to dangerous street drugs. Read More.
Zac Houck’s story was a rarity when NCAA Champion magazine talked to him for the winter 2014 issue. That upcoming spring would have been the Jacksonville baseball outfielder’s senior season if he hadn’t decided to forgo that final year to chase his dreams of a pro career — as a concussion researcher. Read More.
A comprehensive evaluation of rules governing Division III playing and practice seasons has begun in earnest. We hope to ensure our model for college athletics is sustainable and continues to serve the best interests of our schools and student-athletes. Read More.
Bob King didn’t want his career in collegiate athletics administration to be nomadic. Finding the right fit was a priority, and he has more than accomplished this goal as he is in the process of completing his 22nd year as the director of athletics at Trinity University in San Antonio. Read More.
The 13-year-old girl was homesick. It was Wednesday evening, only hours after she had arrived at the nonprofit agency set to become her new residence. She was surrounded by dozens of other kids who, like her, had faced abandonment, abuse, neglect, or some other form of trauma in their young lives. Read More.
As Division I transitions into its new governance structure this month, the chairs of the highest-profile groups within the old structure will make way for new leadership on the new Division I Board of Directors, Council and Committee on Academics. With years of experience to draw from, these four leaders offer words of wisdom to the new recruits. Read More.