Johnson & Wales University Athletics will join schools from around the nation in celebrating National Division III Week, April 2-8.
Now in its ninth year, Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. DIII athletics provides our Wildcat student-athletes with a well-rounded collegiate experience—one that involves a balance of rigorous academics, competitive athletics, and the opportunity to pursue the multitude of other co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities offered on DIII campuses.
"Division III student-athletes are perhaps the most disciplined of any across all three divisions," said Mel Graf, associate dean of students.
"With academics as their number one priority, they also serve as resident assistants; are members of student organizations, fraternities and sororities; and work to help fund their education, while also dedicating thousands of hours of training in their sport."
To observe and celebrate the impact athletics and student-athletes have on campus and in the community, several teams and student-athletes will be spotlighted throughout the week on the Providence Athletics website including Owen Macca ’19 (men's lacrosse) and his trip to India for the Young Chef Olympiad and Caitlin Sweet ’19 (women's ice hockey) as one of JWU’s first biology students and her work to help start the women's ice hockey program.
"DIII Week is a time for us to celebrate all the amazing things that our student-athletes do," says Jamie Marcoux, JWU athletic director. "They compete and represent our institution with such pride, but they also excel in the classroom and the community. This is the time where we can showcase what stellar athletes and students our DIII athletes are."
Friday, April 6, is National Student-Athlete Day, and JWU student-athletes will be honored for their academic achievements.