SALISBURY, Md. – Division III student-athletes are just that – equal part student and athlete, deciding to play at the Division III level for the ability to experience student life away from their sport, while also committing to their competitive style and battling for much-valued national championships.
Last year, the NCAA introduced Division III Week, a way to recognize Division III student-athletes for the passionate way they tackle their academic, athletic and community responsibilities.
Two key events highlight Division III Week for the Salisbury University athletic programs, beginning with the baseball team’s fourth annual exhibition game against the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Class-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The game, which will be played Tuesday, April 2 at 7:05 p.m., at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, will celebrate National Student-Athlete Day as the Salisbury student-athletes in attendance will be honored for their work in competition, in the classroom and in the community.
Salisbury’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has decided to donate proceeds from Tuesday’s game to the Brooke Mulford Foundation to assist a local youth who is battling Neuroblastoma. For more information on the Brooke Mulford Foundation, click here.
Division III Week runs from April 8 through 14, and on the final day of the official celebration, Salisbury will hold its second annual Salisbury Survivor 5K Challenge. The event, which features physical obstacles along with running a 5,000-meter course through and around campus, is being organized by the SAAC to benefit the Lower Shore Special Olympics. To learn more about the Salisbury Survivor 5K Challenge, click here.
The NCAA has partnered with Special Olympics to create a strong working relationship which helps athletes from each organization. To learn more about this partnership, click here.
Division III Week is an initiative which has spanned the nation in the NCAA’s largest division, with nearly 450 Division III schools. To learn more about the Division III, click here.