Division II

Award of Excellence: Davis & Elkins College

On Aug. 21, 300 Davis & Elkins student-athletes, along with coaches and athletics administrators, walked the streets of downtown Elkins, West Virginia, as part of a kickoff service project to collect litter and enhance the town aesthetics. Elkins Mayor Van Broughton showed his appreciation for the event on social media, and many residents took time to come outside and engage with the student-athletes.

Make-A-Wish: Southern Arkansas University

On March 29, the W.T. Watson Center on Southern Arkansas' campus was filled with over 300 Mulerider student-athletes, coaches and administrators as they helped 7-year-old Reagan transform into a princess for the evening. Reagan, who is battling a rare condition known as pulmonary arterial hypertension, loves all the Disney princesses, so the student-athletes escorted her around the gymnasium where she got her hair and nails done, picked out her own princess dress and shoes, selected a magic wand and received a princess crown. She then walked down a long blue carpet that ended at her very own throne, where it was revealed that her wish of going to Disney World was being granted. Over the course of the 2017-18 year, Mulerider Athletics and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee raised over $8,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.