Division II

TAKING ACTION: Name, Image, Likeness

In the Association’s continuing efforts to support college athletes, the NCAA Board of Governors voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.

Learn more about how the NCAA is taking action

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Award of Excellence: Conference Carolinas: Lees-McRae

Looking for ways to be more active in the community, Lees-McRae’s swim team partnered with Banner Elk Elementary to teach children swimming skills in a popular, no-cost after-school program. Nearly 40 children were bused to Lees-McRae’s campus every Wednesday to learn lifelong and potentially lifesaving skills under the guidance of student-athletes. Parents quickly witnessed their children develop new confidence. It was a win-win, as Lees-McRae’s student-athletes felt a sense of joy and satisfaction for helping make a difference in their local community. Learn more about the Bobcats’ partnership with Banner Elk Elementary in this video.

Award of Excellence: Northeast-10 Conference: American International

Named after the institution’s mascot, American International launched “Rex’s Pantry” in 2017 to provide food and necessities for the homeless and less fortunate in the Springfield, Massachusetts, area. To help support the pantry, Rex’s Pantry Garden was created in 2019 to provide fresh produce to city residents. Student-athletes rolled up their sleeves and put on their gloves to help prepare the garden for the harvest and cleared the garden for the winter offseason. Teams partnered with the pantry in 2019 to serve hot meals, collect canned food and host a winter clothing drive.

Madison's Wish

Washburn’s volleyball team was connected with a Make-A-Wish child, Madison Welsh, at its quarterfinal appearance in Pittsburgh for the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championships Festival. Since then, Washburn, Madison and her family have been sharing photos and videos as she battles pediatric multiple sclerosis. This past summer, the Washburn volleyball team hosted a sand volleyball tournament to raise money to fly Madison and her family from Pittsburgh to Topeka, Kansas, for a home volleyball game. She attended Washburn’s opening weekend of conference play in September, and was the honorary captain at Washburn’s home football game! The team hosted Madison and her family all weekend and were featured on an Instagram Takeover on the NCAA Division II Instagram account.

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