Division II

Award Of Excellence: Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech athletics partnered with the university’s residence life and the agriculture department to host “Tech-O-Ween”/ “Tucker Treat”. This event targeted kids 12 and younger from the community. Tech-O-Ween included a haunted hall, trick-or-treating and a kid friendly festival. Due to rain on Halloween in Russellville, Arkansas, the departments worked together to move the event inside Tucker Coliseum. The event was scheduled for 6 p.m., but at 5:15 p.m. there was already a line of eager kids ready to go. Around 5,000 people attended and enjoyed the event.

Award of Excellence: UC San Diego

The Triton Athletes’ Council (TAC)/ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee annually hosts its Adopt-A-Family event, an initiative that centers around engagement with the local San Diego community. Adopt-A-Family is hosted at the Neighborhood House Association of San Diego office, whose mission is to improve the lives of San Diego community members through empowerment, education and wellness programming. The Neighborhood House Association connected UC San Diego student-athletes with families during the holiday season, and the Triton Athletes’ Council assigned one family to each of the program’s 23 teams. In return the student-athletes fundraised to provide gifts and food items that met the needs and wishes of their adopted family. The event ended with a gift exchange in which the student-athletes were able to meet their family and give them their wrapped gifts.

Division II SAAC hosts Make-A-Wish reveal at NCAA national office

Division II has partnered with the Make-A-Wish foundation since 2003 and over the course of those 16 years nearly $6 million have been raised and more than 700 wishes have been granted. This July the Division II National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) had the opportunity to host a wish reveal to a local child. Four-year-old Aubrie Krowel, her sister and her mom and dad were greeted by National SAAC, members of Division II Management Council and NCAA Staff as they led her down the hallway to reveal her big surprise. Throughout the walk the student-athletes greeted her with camping themed gifts like a pink sleeping bag, a glow-in-the-dark rock painting kit and more.  Aubrie’s wish was to travel and go camping with her family; at the end was a big camper so that Aubrie and her family could go camping together.

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