Division II

Award of Excellence: Black Hills State University

On Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, the Black Hills State athletics department and its Title IX program joined forces with Coca-Cola Bottling Company High Country and the Northern Hills Sexual Response Team to facilitate a kickoff event for the "Not Here, Not Anywhere" campaign. The campaign sought to engage college students and campus community in preventing sexual violence. Teal awareness ribbons adorned fans, players and coaches at the day's football and volleyball games, signifying a unified stance against sexual violence and support for victims.

Make-A-Wish: Lee University

On Saturday, Feb. 10, during a doubleheader basketball game, Lee University granted a wish to a boy named LaVaunte. Sickened with a blood disease, LaVaunte signed a one-day contract to be a member of the men's basketball team. He was provided a uniform and participated in all the normal pregame activities. After he signed, the Lee athletics department threw LaVaunte a signing party with pizza and cake. At halftime, the student-athletes presented him with a cruise and a few gifts for the trip. Lee SAAC raised $11,407 for the East Tennessee Make-A-Wish chapter. The funds were raised through a chili night at a soccer game, Make-A-Wish night at a basketball game, an annual corn-hole tournament and personal donations.