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A Little Effort Goes a Long Way

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.

Military Mindfulness

Across the country, Division II schools are amplifying their focus on the military. New initiatives are gaining steam thanks in part to a military pilot program the division established at the start of 2014. Now, Division II leaders have released a guide with ideas and tips for schools starting or enhancing military engagement events – all in an effort to strengthen the partnership between Division II athletics and the armed forces.

Watching the Clock

Ask Division I college athletes what they learn from competing in sports, and one skill is mentioned again and again: time management.

A Social Game Plan

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.

Thoughts into Action

Schools in the five autonomy conferences, and in other conferences that have adopted it, can now provide student-athletes with financial aid that exceeds the cost of a basic scholarship, up to the federally defined full cost of attendance.

On the Air

The proliferation of new sports networks isn’t just benefiting the nationally visible programs competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision or starring in March Madness.

The Best of Both Worlds

As Mike Moyer looked around a conference room at the NCAA national office in July, the group gathered before him was unlike any the executive director for the National Wrestling Coaches Association had seen during his 15 years in the organization.

First Contact

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.

Reformed Group Aims to Tip Scales on Equity

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.

Cleaning a Toxic Environment

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.

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