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Mentoring Manhood

The Willamette men’s basketball team nurtures a culture of healthy masculinity, a commitment that is making a difference in the locker room and beyond.

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Name, Image, Likeness

What name, image and likeness means for college sports. And how the NCAA is turning to student-athletes to navigate a path forward.

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Division III creates new LGBTQ awards

A trio of awards will recognize student-athletes, coaches and staff who identify as members of the LGBTQ community, as well as athletics departments or conference offices that foster inclusive environments.

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Fund aims to help DII schools add academic advisors

Starting in the 2019-20 academic year, Division II has allocated $150,000 in annual funds to directly support athletics academic advising positions on campuses.

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Georgia Tech swimmer returns from Lebanon after a year in limbo

Swimmer Sara al Khatib returns to Georgia Tech after visa issue strands her for a year in her home country.

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Cancer survivor adopted by Notre Dame’s football team sets his sights high

Cancer claimed much of Sam Grewe’s right leg, but the young athlete has found success as a Paralympic competitor.

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$1 million grant helps 6 SIAC schools start varsity men’s volleyball programs

With a grant from USA Volleyball and the First Point Volleyball Foundation, the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will start men’s volleyball programs at Central State (Ohio), Benedict, Fort Valley State, Kentucky State, Morehouse and Paine.

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FEATURE

A year after a mass shooting and raging wildfire, Pepperdine athletes and administrators reflect on three chaotic days in California

In early November 2018, as a southern California community scrambled to cope with tragedy and terror, a handful of Pepperdine teams were either on the verge of wrapping up or embarking on their seasons. Scattered and displaced, student-athletes, coaches and administrators leaned on one another through three difficult days and the uncertain month that followed. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Group commits to inclusion within structure, recruitment efforts

For the College Sports Information Directors of America, the lack of diversity in its ranks has been a consistent concern for decades. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Former college football players compile advice for winning after athletics

Regardless of the sport played, the level of competition or the number of accolades garnered along the way, there’s one thing all athletes have in common: the transition out of sports. Read More.

INSIDER

New DII program encourages student-athletes to consider officiating

When Gerry Pollard addresses a group of men’s basketball players off the court, he often starts with a simple question: “Guys, what do you personally think about referees?” Read More.

COMMENTARY

More athletics departments in autonomy conferences are self-sufficient, but others in DI are increasingly subsidized

Anyone who even casually follows college sports’ financial trends knows a gap has long existed between schools in the five autonomy conferences and the rest of Division I. Read More.

COVER STORY

These North Carolina Central student-athletes got the right start in college, and now they’re at the finish line

A summer bridge program that serves incoming college athletes who need it most has reached the four-year mark. For Eagles athletics administrators, that means one important thing: It’s graduation time. Read More.

INTERVIEW

NCAA chief medical officer reflects on progress of concussion research

With concussion and its consequences — particularly among those who play football — emerging as one of the foremost concerns in college sports, two veteran neuroscientists recently joined forces to edit a comprehensive review of sport and the brain. Read More.

FEATURE

The NCAA and its schools are rushing to adapt to a Supreme Court decision that expands legal sports betting

With states rapidly joining the action, athletics officials face new challenges to protect the welfare of student-athletes and the integrity of competition. Read More.

INSIDER

Division III commissioners and sport committees are collaborating to redraw sport regions

After a pair of unsuccessful attempts over the past decade to recalibrate Division III’s sport regions, a Division III Conference Commissioners Association subcommittee convened in 2016 to try to succeed where other efforts had fallen short. Read More.

PROFILE

Willamette’s Nick Symmonds came close to giving up his sport before his first season

While making history wasn’t easy, Nick Symmonds made it look that way. He won seven individual Division III outdoor track and field titles, more than any man at that time. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Williams makes do with makeshift practice spots en route to national title

Triple jumpers practiced approaches on a raised runway built in the wrestling venue. Pole vaulters rehearsed runups there, too. Read More.

COMMENTARY

College athletics can’t drop its defenses as sports wagering becomes accepted

Within a single offseason, what was viewed by many as a grimy, shadowy industry became an acceptable, if not admired, opportunity. That wasn’t merely surprising — it was an earth-shaking, worldview-shifting moment. Read More.

PROFILE

Distress Signal

With the aid of the academy’s mental health services, Navy runner discovers her inner strength. Read More.

PROFILE

In chase for record, Northeastern State’s Maddie Boyd keeps swinging

She was painfully close to ending her college career as she had dreamed, her name etched in the record book, her diploma in hand. But in those moments, she questioned whether those dreams were still attainable. Her priorities were forced to shift; it was time to focus on a new little girl. Read More.

INSIDER

Important steps taken toward implementing more robust version of Division III University

An educational resource for coaches and administrators launched in December, designed to mirror a similar program adopted by Division II in spring 2018. Read More.

PROFILE

Oklahoma gymnastics star Maggie Nichols shines light on abuse

Maggie Nichols was the first gymnast to report to USA Gymnastics sexual abuse by now-imprisoned physician Larry Nassar. Read More.

PROFILE

From Russia to Penn State, there was no foiling Olga Kalinovskaya’s plan

Olga Kalinovskaya earned her first NCAA individual national championship in 1993 and repeated as national champion three more times through 1996. In 1995, Penn State began a run of six consecutive national team titles. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

This year’s group of Fulbright recipients includes dozens of former student-athletes

Every year, more than 2,000 U.S. college graduates disperse to more than 140 countries around the world through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Championship watches help commemorate the time of their lives

The NCAA presents a commemorative watch to all members of each national title-winning team in 88 of its 90 championships. Read More.

COMMENTARY

St. Cloud State’s memorable championship: a stop in jail and hockey sticks for snow shovels

Roads started closing as they entered southwest Minnesota. So the bus turned down county roads and plowed through a deep snowdrift in an effort to reach an open road. Read More.

FEATURE

Breaking Ground

An NCAA dialogue about LGBTQ inclusion and religion found an unlikely host: BYU. Why athletics leaders and student-athletes traveled to a school at the heart of the struggle to find Common Ground. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

The Hope-Calvin rivalry, rooted in a 150-year-old church division, keeps western Michigan talking

Hope and Calvin colleges are conference opponents located just 30 miles from each other in western Michigan, so their long-standing rivalry is no surprise. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Sensory-inclusive experiences open college sports to more fans

Pyrotechnics, loud music and light shows allure many fans on game day. But for some, the added effects can be overwhelming. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee honored with coaches association award

Accolades rarely come when coaches and athletics administrators volunteer to serve on NCAA playing rules committees. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Sports mentoring program is training women leaders from around the world

Sarah Hillyer has a global vision that keeps her on the move. In any given year, you may find her in China or Ecuador or Iran leading initiatives designed to empower women through sports. Read More.

INSIDER

Data at Your Fingertips

How many Division I student-athletes earned their degrees? What was the most popular field of study for Division II college athletes? How many NCAA field hockey players compete nationwide? Read More.

INSIDER

DI leaders consider the difference reorganization has made

The 2019 NCAA Convention marks the fifth since Division I restructured to give more autonomy to five conferences and make the governance structure more efficient. Read More.

COVER STORY

Where Do We Go From Here?

This season, college basketball will tip off under a new set of rules. But the real work of change off the court is just beginning. Read More.

FEATURE

A Brief History of Men's College Basketball

From barns, peach baskets and sepia-tinged photos to 70,000-seat stadiums, plexiglass backboards and high-definition online streams, basketball has evolved apace over nearly 127 years. Read More.

FEATURE

What Wins Are Worth

Surprising March Madness runs help underdogs raise their profiles — and their bottom lines. Read More.

PROFILE

Referee reflects on his first chance to finally work the Final Four

After more than two decades refereeing Division I basketball games, Mike Roberts finally earned his profession’s ultimate reward. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Women’s basketball leader draws on her college experience to help today’s athletes

I grew up in Ohio, and I wanted to go away to school. I thought basketball was a good avenue for me to do that. I was recruited for three sports, but I went with basketball because of the opportunity to get a full scholarship. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Champion editor’s most treasured moments remain linked to dad and basketball

I can’t tell you when I first touched a basketball. But I can tell you why I fell in love with it. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

In March, you never know what might come between the teams and the tournament

Each spring is a new adventure for the NCAA travel staff, who are charged with moving not only 20,000 Division I men’s and women’s basketball players, coaches, staff, band members and cheerleaders throughout the country, but also competitors and coaches for the other NCAA spring championships. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

How do you land a big event? Tips from the organizers of the next DIII Men’s Basketball Championship

With just one exception, Division III men’s basketball champions have been crowned in Salem, Virginia, for more than two decades, but that tradition ends this spring. Read More.

INSIDER

DII chair: Adding independent members will help enhance trust at a critical time

As members of Division II, we are proud of the unique characteristics that define our divisional home in the NCAA. Read More.

FEATURE

The Breaking Point

Can the strength and conditioning coaching profession find solutions that help remove tragedy from training? Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Misericordia running coach helps teen with Down syndrome find her pace

They didn’t know until she was born. They didn’t need to know — Scott and Debbie Crispell would love their newest family member without qualification or expectation. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Back to the Drawing Board

A proposal that would have altered the Division III football preseason to permanently implement important health and safety recommendations was defeated at the 2018 NCAA Convention, prompting the division’s members and governing bodies to explore the issue and emerge with a new proposal. Read More.

PROFILE

Gallaudet star soared on both the basketball and volleyball courts

With the era of specialization underway, making participation in multiple college sports a challenge, Ronda Jo Miller didn’t just play two sports. She excelled in them. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

How one NCAA national office employee used an international road trip to spread the word about initial eligibility

The NCAA Eligibility Center sent Associate Director Ashley Thornburg on a journey to make personal presentations in Australia, New Zealand, Samoa and Canada. Read More.

FEATURE

When the Playing Days End

What comes after graduation? How to leave college sports without losing yourself. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

DII schools in Puerto Rico demonstrate resilience as they rebuild after hurricane

When the rain finally stopped and the ruthless gusts subsided, Jerry Batista emerged from one home to check on another. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Longtime pitcher-catcher duo top Tarleton State record books

Tarleton State teammates Haley Freyman and Nyka Wood have a longtime pitcher-catcher chemistry that has left its mark on the team record books, but their relationship didn’t start that way. Read More.

INSIDER

DI schools use special distribution dollars to fund student-athlete needs

Two years ago, the NCAA Board of Governors approved a special $200 million distribution to Division I schools.Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Under 3 coaches in 8 years, Williams won more consecutive rowing titles than any NCAA school

The Williams women’s rowing program enjoyed a robust start, winning the inaugural NCAA Division III championships in 2002. Read More.

COMMENTARY

One team’s short-lived dance in tournament reminds why college basketball is worth fighting for

Each spring, my favorite March Madness memory replays in vivid detail as I watch the buzzer beaters punctuating the excitement of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. Read More.

PROFILE

College president fulfills big leadership role in Little League Baseball

When Little League Baseball searched for a new member to join its international board of directors in 2006, it didn’t have to look far. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Longtime MIT lacrosse coach learned perspective from his players - and taught them a little bit, too

I was influenced by some teachers and coaches at my high school and felt that it would be a nice career - work with young people, teach and coach. Read More.

PROFILE

Northern Michigan golfer uses CPR to revive man in cardiac arrest

Preparation and fate placed Avery Rochester in position to save a life. Read More.

PROFILE

Olympic athlete sees Kentucky as best track to next games

She was the first high school athlete to twice win the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year and the youngest track athlete in 40 years to make the U.S. Olympic team. Read More.

FEATURE

You Snooze, You Win

Quality sleep raises GPAs and lowers the number of dropped classes. On the field, it speeds reaction times and decreases injury risk. So how can college athletes get more of it? Read More.

PROFILE

Chico State women’s basketball star plays through spina bifida

Whitney Branham is the team’s top scorer despite the condition and operations that led to a numb left foot. Read More.

INSIDER

Working group seeks more engagement from DIII FARs

Kurt Beron, a Texas-Dallas economics professor, has served as the school’s faculty athletics representative since 2000. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Michigan football’s 2017 season chronicled in 8-part documentary

Football teams — particularly high-profile college programs — often keep their operations under strict lock and key. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

How to turn your leafy green mix into a power-packed meal 

When choosing a large plate of greens for a main course, salad lovers of the world should remember: Lettuce alone does not a meal make. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Hope for a ‘Hidden City’

Having grown up in the tough Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, Kenny Doss is aware of the negativity surrounding what he calls “the hidden city.” Read More.

Leadership Launchpad

Transformative programs. Skilled athletics leaders. Thriving student-athletes. How NCAA leadership development works to meet these goals and prepare athletics departments for what comes next.

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DII Governance Academies to get makeover

Since 2009, the Division II Governance Academies have provided a foray into NCAA committee experience for nearly 400 Division II ethnic minority or female athletics administrators.

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NCAA closes in on elusive 500,000 mark

Will this be the year the NCAA hits half a million student-athletes? That’s the question those of us who work in college sports begin asking ourselves every fall, when NCAA research releases the latest NCAA Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report.

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Ex-Navy fighter pilot takes grounded approach to college sports

Jennifer Baker rebounded from a medical disqualification to launch a career leading to a job as Johns Hopkins athletics director.

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Severe winters may force changes in DIII baseball, softball schedules

When winter seems reluctant to yield, it can prove challenging for some programs to play full schedules and for student-athletes to cram more athletic and academic responsibilities into a condensed time frame.

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Phil Latreille’s slap shot set him apart in college hockey

Middlebury’s Phil Latreille was in a class by himself as a goal scorer. More than 58 years have passed since he graduated, and he is still the greatest goal scorer in college hockey history.

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FEATURE

What the NCAA Transfer Portal Is... and What It Isn’t

The concept seemed simple: an online interface that helps athletics compliance officers do their jobs efficiently. But for sports fans hungry for information on lineups, the Transfer Portal has become so much more. Read More.

PROFILE

Years after connecting with Kentucky punter in Ethiopia, onetime orphan begins his own college sports career

The boy had no clue he would soon walk the same path as the man across the small table from him. They had grown up in vastly different worlds, after all — but, over burgers, intractable bonds began to form. Read More.

INSIDER

Effects of new strategic plan for women’s basketball will start to be felt this season

When NCAA women’s basketball released its new five-year strategic plan in April for all three divisions, the plan aimed to unify and grow its community. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

In 1941, the Willamette and San Jose State football teams went to Hawaii — but the Pearl Harbor attack changed their plans

They set sail for paradise to play in football games to benefit charities but instead became witnesses to the beginning of America’s involvement in World War II. Read More.

INTERVIEW

With aid of prosthetic, women’s basketball official makes it to the big time

Kelly Callahan worked as an NCAA women’s basketball official for 18 years but had never been assigned to the final site of a women’s basketball championship. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Longtime rivals to square off in stadium both schools now call home

Every year in North Carolina, an enduring football rivalry brews between Shaw and Saint Augustine’s, culminating in an epic end-of-the-season showdown, the Raleigh Classic. Read More.

INSIDER

Long-running debate over permitting snacks in DIII finally will reach a vote

A proposal that would have permitted Division III schools to provide snacks to student-athletes stalled last year, but members will soon get another bite at the apple. Read More.

COMMENTARY

DIII SAAC works to make sports sustainable

One of the Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s primary goals this year is to help athletics departments and student-athletes focus on sustainability. Read More.

INTERVIEW

#CFB150: Inside the making of a season-long celebration

The NCAA recently caught up with Kevin Weiberg, the executive director of the College Football 150th Anniversary, to learn more about this season of celebration. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A Gridiron Milestone

College football celebrates 150th anniversary this season. Read More.

INSIDER

Former student-athletes returning to limited-resource colleges can apply for NCAA funds

This fall, the first students receiving educational dollars from the NCAA Division I Former Student-Athlete Degree Achievement Program will begin classes to reach a goal they didn’t achieve the first time around: a college degree. Read More.

PROFILE

College quarterback loves his roles as a star of both stage and turf

Whenever Zach Fogel needs a reminder not to take off for Broadway, he reads a note he left to himself on his phone titled “Why I Play Football.” Read More.

ON CAMPUS

After the Game networking events bring former student-athletes together

With roughly 4 million former NCAA student-athletes around the world working in industries as varied as health care, engineering and finance, helping them find one another and build career connections is a big task. Read More.

INSIDER

DII launches new workshop to support compliance administrators and help them grow

Within an athletics department, the role of a compliance administrator can be thankless, expansive and, at times, isolating. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Continued Quest for Balance

The Division II motto, “life in the balance,” resonates with people, and has served Division II well for many years. Read More.

COVER STORY

20 Heart-Pounding, Victory-Clinching, Unforgettable Finishes

A look beyond March Madness for the best NCAA championship buzzer-beaters. Read More.

FEATURE

Upon Further Review

Video replay, used in 17 of the NCAA’s 24 sports, promotes fairness but disrupts competition. As technology grows sharper but some schools struggle to keep pace, how far will we go in pursuit of perfectly officiated games? Read More.

PROFILE

A 2-campus, 22-hour course load and predawn practices kept Kaitlin Walla on the run

St. Mary’s (Texas) senior Kaitlin Walla just completed what she described as the most physically and mentally challenging semester of her life. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

More often than others, members of coaching staffs are accused of violations

Nearly two-thirds of cases sent to the Committees on Infractions that named specific individuals in the past five years involved the coaching staffs. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

SCAC joins expanding list of conferences, schools to plug into esports trend

As Dwayne Hanberry watched from a back row of the Peach Belt Conference’s inaugural esports championship a year ago, the commissioner of Division III’s Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference spotted something that cast a lasting impression. Read More.

PROFILE

Morehead State senior rifle standout doubles as student body president

Brandon Bryer had one focus in high school beyond classes: rifle competitions. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Reflecting on the DI Council experience

This spring I will complete my two-year term as chair of the Division I Council. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career, despite the challenges and the time commitment. Read More.

PROFILE

Home-court advantage: Daemen coach hits 100 wins in every NCAA division, all in same city

Daemen men’s basketball coach Mike MacDonald has had an uncommon coaching journey, coaching at three colleges, in three NCAA divisions, over a span of 31 years— all while living in the same community. Read More.

FEATURE

State of Our Sports

This year, 494,992 student-athletes will compete in 24 sports on 19,745 teams, vying for 90 NCAA championship titles across three divisions. A deep dive into that data and conversations with the sports’ leaders show where our sports have been — and where they’re going. Read More.

INTERVIEW

East Stroudsburg football coach calls it a career with an unmatched exit

Dennis Douds never circled 2018 as the end of his football coaching career. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

NCAA schools’ investments yield returns for Olympians

Every year the U.S. Olympic Committee supports America’s future medalists, but the organization is also open about the fact that it doesn’t work alone. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Passion for the Pool

After an eight-year break from school, a Millersville swimmer returns to finish what she started. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Washington State strikes up the band for its adversary after Washington’s bus accident

I have a confession: I’m a die-hard Washington Huskies fan. I have been since elementary school in central Washington, where I grew up watching Cary Conklin play quarterback for my future high school and then for the Huskies. Read More.

PROFILE

‘The Best Ever’ — Maybe Forever

Florida phenom Tracy Caulkins dominated all four strokes during her college swimming career and left the NCAA record book in her wake. Read More.

INSIDER

Division II may implement membership survey to aid in health care

Division II athletics administrators may soon be able to compare athletic training staff sizes, sports medicine facilities and other health care delivery practices with other schools in the division if a new health and safety survey is implemented this year. Read More.

FEATURE

The One-and-Done Dilemma

A 13-year-old decision to keep elite prep players from entering the NBA draft is under scrutiny. What could changes to this rule mean for college basketball? Read More.

INTERVIEW

Culture Cleanup

A conversation with Jeremy McCool, the NCAA director of enforcement who monitors youth basketball. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Modern memorable moments that have catapulted the women’s game

In recent years, the game has sparked new interest simply by providing historic accomplishments and a little mainstream fun. Read More.

CHAMPIONSHIPS

2015 men’s basketball changes sent game in right direction

When the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee gathered in May 2015, it knew the game needed some help. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Brothers ensure basketball players from their home country have proper footwear

Basketball shoes are generally made up of rubber, leather and synthetic materials. While brothers Ikenna and Osinachi Smart were growing up in Nigeria, they might as well have been made of gold. Read More.

PROFILE

3-point record set by Butler’s Darrin Fitzgerald is as old as the 3-point line

The NCAA adopted the 3-point line 32 years ago, and many records have been set and broken as players and coaches embraced it and cultivated new and innovative ways to integrate it into the game. Read More.

INSIDER

DIII chair: Adding independent members to board would help NCAA and DIII

The change, first recommended by the Condoleezza Rice-led Commission on College Basketball, would be a win for all of us. Read More.

COVER STORY

Home, Where the ‘Buff’ Roams

Harding student finds confidence, respect and the love of an entire campus as the university’s spirited bison mascot. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Female gymnasts use narcotic pain meds at a higher rate than other college athletes

In gymnastics, every detail and line is highlighted. Those recovering from injury use flesh-colored athletic tape to be less distinguishable. Read More.

INSIDER

How one conference is putting the new Presidential Forum report into practice

The Division I Presidential Forum approved the Charting the Course report in January, capping a year of preparing a vision for what the student-athlete experience should look like along every stage of the journey through college sports. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Signs of Sportsmanship

When we look back on the spring of 2018, we may remember this time for the recommendations of the Commission on College Basketball and the settlement of a significant concussion trial. Read More.

PROFILE

West Florida distance runner’s path to college and beyond addiction was inspired by the birth of her son

The first glimmer of hope emerged on a 400-meter track in the dead of night. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Linfield has produced 62 consecutive winning football seasons as another campaign draws near

“The Mickey Mouse Club” debuted on American television in 1955. That same year, Linfield football posted a 3-6 record. Read More.

FEATURE

Game On

As esports teams spring up on campuses, one athletics conference is embracing the competition and showing others how it might look. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A school shows where careers are taking student-athletes

A map hangs in the student-athlete lounge in the Massachusetts athletics department, next to the heavily trafficked door at the entrance to the department’s academic area. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Oregon State pair work to amp up conversation on mental health

Oregon State’s Nathan Braaten and Taylor Ricci are on a mission. Read More.

COMMENTARY

DII aims to bolster involvement in injury surveillance program

No priority can be higher than the health and safety of our student-athletes, and making knowledgeable, informed decisions to promote their well-being requires accurate data. Read More.

INSIDER

DIII looks at requiring schools to submit student-athlete grad rates

Retention rates of football players and African-American student-athletes in Division III have lagged behind those of their counterparts for eight consecutive years. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Softball coach donates kidney to No. 1 fan from her playing days

Softball brought Alison Ritter and RJ Henderson together. Ritter played first base for Salisbury; Henderson was the team’s biggest fan. Read More.

INTERVIEW

After her death, sports information director’s mother touched life of one more student

Her students have called her a friend for life. An inspirational person who only saw the good in any situation. They talk about how she could light up a room with the amount of knowledge she had. Even though she taught in elementary school, her students have said she inspired them to become teachers when they got older. Read More.

PROFILE

Student-athlete finds perfect harmony in tennis and barbershop quartet

Stephen Goldman enrolled in high school chorus because he wanted to take a class with his best friend. What he found instead was a profound passion for music. Read More.

COVER STORY

A New Champion for the Cause

When Caitlyn Wong’s assistant coach shared his passion for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Wong took the challenge — and ran with it. Read More.

FEATURE

Cover to Cover

In celebration of Champion magazine's first 10 years. Read More.

PROFILE

Broadcast major and hockey player makes plays and calls them, too

One of St. Cloud State hockey’s best players also serves as a play-by-play announcer for women’s games. Read More.

INSIDER

New survey reveals lack of clarity about designation of senior woman administrators

When Jane Miller gave up coaching in 1995 to become a full-time administrator in Virginia athletics, three letters in her title catapulted her career. Read More.

INSIDER

Researcher collects experiences of college athletes-turned-mothers

As she searched for topics to delve into during her graduate studies, Candice Williams became intrigued by the concept of elite athletes who also are new mothers. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Job shadowing gives Kentucky State athletes head start on careers

For Kentucky State junior Ditalion Battle, life always has been centered on two favorite things: basketball and video games. Read More.

Daring To Be Bold: A Strategic Planning Update

Strategic Planning Working Group, provides an update on the next strategic plan for the NCAA.

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Academic, athletics leaders to discuss impact of college sports on life outcomes

The summit is aimed at showing both sides where they can help each other improve the student experience for student-athletes and the general student body.

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Schools double down on wagering awareness

To better understand schools’ current practices and challenges related to sports gambling education, the NCAA Board of Governors Ad Hoc Committee on Sports Wagering and a national office team of subject matter experts issued a survey to compliance directors in all three divisions.

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St. Cloud State goalkeeper battles back to return to ice one more time

Janine Alder came back from a frightening seizure to return to the ice before a setback sent her back to the sidelines.

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America East schools gather for first time to talk inclusion

Under the stewardship of Amy Huchthausen, now in her ninth year as commissioner, the America East Conference has long prioritized diversity and inclusion within its athletics departments.

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Former Boston College outfielder Pete Frates was an inspiration to all

Pete Frates, the recipient of the 2017 NCAA Inspiration Award who died Dec. 9 at age 34, inspired millions to join his fight against ALS, the disease that would take his life.

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FEATURE

How American Women Got a Foot in Soccer

Trace the arc of Women’s World Cup victories and Olympic gold medals back to their forebears, and you will find a cradle of intercollegiate women’s soccer in Vermont. There, you’ll discover that competitive soccer for women was born at an apex in time: between the old way, when women participated for play and exercise, and the new, when women got a taste for competition and wanted more. Read More.

PROFILE

Austin president credits athletic and coaching career for steering him to the top of his field

Steven O’Day learned early in life how to adapt to new challenges and responsibilities: He spent four years at Millersville bouncing from defense to midfield to striker, a starter at each spot on the school’s soccer team. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Franklin Pierce reeled off a 59-game winning streak and claimed five women’s soccer titles in a six-year span

A small town in southwest New Hampshire may not seem the most likely setting for a soccer dynasty, but in the 1990s, a combination of northern Europeans mixed with New England high school recruits turned Franklin Pierce women’s soccer into a juggernaut. Read More.

INTERVIEW

As college basketball takes on a role in summer recruiting, the NCAA’s Dan Gavitt reflects on where the process is headed

The NCAA this year took unprecedented steps to become more engaged in summer men’s basketball recruiting. Read More.

INSIDER

Sport Science Institute distributes recommendations to prevent catastrophic injury and death in college sports

During the summer, schools received a document crafted to help prevent catastrophic injuries and deaths in college sports. Read More.

INSIDER

Sport Science Institute distributes recommendations to prevent catastrophic injury and death in college sports

During the summer, schools received a document crafted to help prevent catastrophic injuries and deaths in college sports. Read More.

PROFILE

Basketball sisterhood snaps into action when one of their own battles ovarian cancer

Midwestern State women’s basketball coach attacks stage 4 ovarian cancer with the help of her support system. Read More.

FEATURE

A Time of Transition

As transgender athletes make their presence known, sports organizations weigh how to ensure fairness for all.. Read More.

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Champion magazine goes behind the headlines and beyond the scoreboards to celebrate the unique connection between Americans and college sports. Champion is published by the NCAA.

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INTERVIEW

A: The Brandeis SID who put a game show champion’s amazing winning streak in jeopardy. Q: Who is Adam Levin?

When they brought the 13 contestants on the stage where “Jeopardy!” is taped, it was a mind-blowing moment for me. Read More.

INSIDER

New board members learn the NCAA’s ins and outs

When NCAA members voted in January to add five new independent directors to the Board of Governors, an obvious question emerged. Read More.

INSIDER

Senior woman administrators share expertise to help others maximize the role at their schools and conferences

In 2017, the NCAA published a report that revealed a membership-wide need for greater clarity around the senior woman administrator designation. Read More.

PROFILE

Southeastern Conference commissioner reflects on his tenure as a member of the DI Committee on Infractions

Greg Sankey, now one of the most influential figures in college sports, soaked in his first Division I Committee on Infractions hearing in August 1990 as an admittedly “wide-eyed” compliance director. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

A year after fatal overdose, former student-athlete remembered for her fortitude

It’s that ability to square up to hardships and forge meaningful bonds that those who knew Jackie Jamaleddine during her time in college say they now miss most. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Westfield State swimmer uses CPR training to breathe life for her dad

My dad didn’t respond to me, and as I got closer, I realized he was sitting in the chair convulsing. I tapped him on the shoulder and said, “Dad, Dad, are you OK?” Still no response. Read More.

INSIDER

5 ways to get smart about college basketball reform

There has been no shortage of questions about the reform effort around college basketball in the past few months. Read More.

PROFILE

Kansas State rower and budding nuclear engineer stays focused on the finish line

As a child, Molly Ross played with K’NEX blocks and built robots but thought she wanted to grow up to be a veterinarian. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

DII mentoring program helps athletics administrators take next step, become ADs

Kelley Kish’s first stint in a Division II athletics department solidified her career goals. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Students and retirees connect through tennis team’s adopt-a-grandparent program

Members of the Erskine women’s tennis team close every summer with an outing at South Carolina’s Lake Murray, where they soak up sun and clear their minds before a new academic year begins. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

2 committee chairs go to the mat for wrestling

Jackie Paquette, associate athletics director for student support and community engagement at UIndy, oversees the sport on her campus and is chair of the Division II Wrestling Committee. Karen Langston, senior associate athletics director for external affairs and capital projects at California State University, Bakersfield, oversees it on her campus, too, and is chair of the Division I Wrestling Committee. Read More.

COVER STORY

Sink or Swim

Enna Selmanovic was only a sophomore when her sport — and her identity — were unexpectedly ripped away. She had to choose: Wallow or find a new way to win. Read More.

COMMENTARY

A Voice for Wellness

College sports is one of the few societal agents where people from different backgrounds can come together to reach a common goal. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

D.C. nonprofit trains college athletes to teach local youth about health and HIV prevention

The Grassroot Project arms college athletes with the knowledge and skills they need to teach local youth about HIV prevention, nutrition and physical health education. Read More.

PROFILE

New DI conference commissioner has stood up for what she believes in

The coaching change Gloria Nevarez went through as a player left a lasting impression after seeing some teammates get run off her Massachusetts squad. Read More.

INSIDER

DIII membership survey provides direction for the coming years

A day before they vote on 2019 NCAA Convention legislation that would affect Division III immediately, the division’s delegates will gather at their issues forum to weigh in on topics that may influence the future. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

UAB Blazers catch fire only two seasons after football program returns

By any measure of reason, University of Alabama at Birmingham football should not be using the term “champion” just yet. Read More.

FEATURE

Why I love Basketball

In this moment between reforming college basketball and figuring out what it needs next, we turned to decorated coaches, top leaders and iconic figures to ask what the game means to them. Read More.

INSIDER

Formulating Change

Working groups draw up plan for future of NCAA basketball. Read More.

INTERVIEW

St. Cloud State guard inherited a passion for basketball from his pioneering mom

My mom played in the Danish women’s league for a long time and won championships there. My parents never forced me to play, never pushed me in that direction. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Without Basketball We Wouldn’t Have …

Since the game was created in 1891, basketball has burrowed its way into American culture. Here’s a nostalgic look at some of our favorite things this sport has given us. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Pep bands’ greatest hits from the soundtrack of college basketball

Without the accompaniment of a pep band to give the cacophony a cadence, the experience wouldn’t be complete. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

7 basketball blockbusters that celebrate the sport we love

A look back on iconic movie moments for hoops. Read More.

INSIDER

NCAA Convention to feature Association-wide vote for only third time since 1997

In January, representatives of every NCAA division will gather to vote on the same Association-wide issue — adding five public members to the NCAA Board of Governors. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Expert advice to help international student-athletes feel right at home

Want to ensure a smooth transition to the U.S. for the more than 17,000 international student-athletes who play NCAA college sports? Read More.

INTERVIEW

How a former Princeton lacrosse star turned an equipment problem into a success story

I grew up in Detroit. It’s a manufacturing community, and I had what I’d call a nontraditional childhood. Read More.

INSIDER

Division III opts to maintain ban on championships beer and wine sales

Beer and wine soon will be poured at some of the NCAA’s largest championships, but the same won’t hold true in Division III’s more intimate settings. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Daemen athletics program pairs students with developmentally disabled children, exposing them to exercise and movement

On a recent Sunday, two basketball lovers took the court for the Center for Allied and Unified Sport and Exercise program at Daemen. Read More.

COVER STORY

Cleared for Takeoff

Wingate high jumper Isaiah Kyle, who collapsed in cardiac arrest during preseason conditioning last season and returned to become the national championship runner-up, yearns to be more than a comeback story. Read More.

PROFILE

Don DiJulia steps away as athletics director after working 50 years in college sports

When Don DiJulia graduated from Saint Joseph’s with a degree in political science, his goal was to become a high school teacher and coach. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Champion photo booth brings to life magazine’s relationship with readers

Emails, phone calls, tweets, retweets — the Champion staff is delighted to see our readers are reading. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Lacrosse coaches show staying power in Division I positions

The number of women's teams in Division I lacrosse has nearly tripled since 1981-82, and the number of men's teams has grown by 40 percent in the same time period. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Can honest dialogue and a college game help police and community overcome fears and distrust?

Sean Sheppard was distraught as he watched, again and yet again, videos circulating on news and social media of violent altercations between law enforcement officers and African-American men. Read More.

INSIDER

Division II University brings health and safety, rules education to coaches online

Division II University is a new online program for Division II coaches that provides education on NCAA rules and student-athlete health and safety. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Spalding renames building where Muhammad Ali learned to box after his bike was stolen

As the story goes, one night in 1954, 12-year-old Cassius Clay was attending an event in a building that housed the Columbia Gym in his Louisville, Kentucky, hometown. Read More.

PROFILE

After losing her leg in a moped accident, lacrosse player moves forward with sense of purpose, humor

The UMass Lowell women’s lacrosse team takes the line for a four-part fitness test at the start of every school year, the first challenge before a season full of them. Read More.

FEATURE

An Uncommon Conversation

How college sports is bringing together conservative Christians and the LGBTQ community. Read More.

INTERVIEW

Biathlete world champion makes history with help of wife and baby

I was planning to retire. My wife, Erika, and I were expecting our first child, and I didn’t want to be an absent father. Read More.

PROFILE

Second-graders fill student teacher’s cheering section

Pittsburg State basketball player Mikaela Burgess doubles as a student teacher — and her pupils are now among her biggest fans. Read More.

PROFILE

From There to Here: Carla Williams

When Carla Williams was being recruited to play basketball at Georgia in the mid-1980s, she didn’t even know athletics administrators existed. Read More.

INSIDER

New convention brings Division II SAACs together

Tracking the pulse of more than 120,000 Division II student-athletes is no small task for the 27 students and recent graduates who make up the national Division II SAAC. Read More.

PROFILE

6-time NCAA wrestling champ jumped to NFL having never played a college down

Carlton Haselrig’s road to becoming a professional football player had a twist that allowed him to become the most decorated wrestler in NCAA history. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

New science building becomes reality with $65 million from Kentucky athletics

Sometimes the best plans are drawn up on napkins. That’s how the funding of a new $112 million science building at Kentucky took shape five years ago. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Student-athlete numbers keep climbing, but not all sports  keep same pace

Each fall for the past 15 years, the number of NCAA college athletes has stepped closer to reaching 500,000 nationwide. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Return on Investment

Darious Williams was loading flowers into a truck two years ago. Let that sink in for a moment. Then, consider the season the senior just had in closing out the remarkable rebirth of football at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Wisconsin-Parkside wrestler continues family legacy

As Wisconsin-Parkside senior Nick Becker prepares for this year’s Division II Wrestling Championships, he has more on his mind than winning a third consecutive national title. Read More.

ON CAMPUS

Game-Changing Faculty Programs

Faculty involvement in college sports was part of the enterprise from its very beginning. Read More.

COMMENTARY

Better, But Not Bigger

The Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee represents the interests of more than 180,000 student-athletes. Read More.