DIII Week for Student Athletes

Alex Allen, Copy Editor~

Lynchburg College celebrated a nationwide event for Division III athletes, known as “DIII Week”  between April 2-8.The Lynchburg College Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) provided a week full of events for our students and student-athletes here on campus.

On Monday, a penny-war was started between the sports teams here at LC. The goal of this was not only to have a competition between all the athletes and their teams, but also to raise money for the water mission in Puerto Rico.

Tuesday, SAAC encouraged all students and student-athletes to make their mark by placing their painted handprint on a white poster board that had a big ‘L’ in the middle of it. This poster board will be hung in the Turner Gym or the soon-to-be-improved Wake Field House.

The next day, student-athletes and their teams took time to thank their faculty advisors for all they do to make being a student-athlete possible. Each team wrote notes and delivered them, along with a small bag of goodies to their advisors on Wednesday.

Thursday was painted as a mental health awareness day, in light of the athletic department narrowing their focus on this aspect of our student-athletes lives here at LC. SAAC also delivered a “Thank You” basket to the health counseling center on campus to thank them for all they do. It was requested that everyone wear green to show their support for mental health awareness.

On Friday, the athletic department set out treats for student-athletes in Turner for Student-Athlete Appreciation Day.   

The last day was Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day which was set based on the softball and baseball games occurring at LC. Softball was playing for Pediatric Cancer Awareness and baseball was playing for their Coaches for Cancer game. Unfortunately, these games were postponed due to the uncertainty of weather.

Junior Molly Shepard, in response to being asked what next year’s “DIII Week” will hold, said, “While this year’s ‘DIII Week’ was great, as we grow in holding this event, next year will hopefully provide more activities to bring student-athletes and the rest of campus together.”