Division II

Award of Excellence: Northwood University

On Nov. 3-4, 2017, the Northwood athletics department teamed up with students, staff, faculty and groups across campus to conduct the Go M.A.D. (Go Make a Difference) Day of Service, an event to highlight making a difference in the community through engagement and service. Over the course of Go M.A.D. Day, 347 student-athletes participated to engage with and serve the Midland, Michigan, community. Each of Northwood’s 18 varsity sports participated in Go M.A.D. Day, serving in numerous community engagement and service activities that benefited innumerable people. In all, 796 students, faculty, staff, coaches and community members were involved, performing over 2,100 hours of service.

Award of Excellence: Texas A&M-Commerce

Since 2016, the Texas A&M-Commerce women’s and men’s basketball programs have hosted their annual Education Day. The Lions’ basketball programs welcomed students from area school districts to attend the basketball doubleheader to not only watch but interact with the student-athletes. The members of the Texas A&M-Commerce SAAC saw this event as an opportunity to give the students more than just a basketball experience. SAAC noted the importance of education in their current situation as Division II student-athletes and wanted to encourage the students in attendance to not only stay in school, but also excel in the classroom to keep opportunities in front of them.