Division II

Award of Excellence: Hawaii Pacific University:

Twenty-four schools and one conference were named finalists for the 2017 Division II Award of Excellence. This award recognizes institutions that exemplify the Division II attributes: learning, balance, resourcefulness, sportsmanship, passion and service. Learn more about two of the finalists below, and find a list of all of the 2017 winners here.

Award of Excellence: University of North Georgia

On the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, the North Georgia department of athletics announced a military initiative called Operation Nighthawks of Honor. Each of the department's sports teams annually celebrates the class of men and women of the military who have bravely served or are serving the country, paying specific tribute to service members who have a distinct connection to or are graduates of North Georgia. The initiative culminates with an Operation Nighthawks of Honor Day at the end of the year, when the season's honorees and/or their families are recognized.