Division II

Award of Excellence: Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific student-athletes hosted its fourth annual Sunbird Sports Day, inviting more than 200 elementary-aged children from the most impoverished communities in Fresno onto campus for a fun-filled day of games and activities. For most of these children, it was their first time setting foot on a college campus. The event was run entirely by FPU student-athletes and was designed to make local children aware of the possibilities that raise their expectations for educational achievement. It was also designed to raise awareness of the importance of leading an active and healthy lifestyle.

Award of Excellence: Arkansas Tech University

For the last two years, the Arkansas Tech athletics program has partnered with the Department of Diversity and Inclusion and a non-profit organization called “The Pack Shack” for the MLK Day of Service initiative. On MLK Day, a peace march is held on campus and finishes at the Young Ballroom, where stations are set up to help prepare over 40,000 meals. The state of Arkansas has one of the lowest food insecurity rates in the nation. Arkansas Tech has taken an active role in providing programming and events to help the local community in helping prevent food insecurity.