On January 16 at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Denison University was the recipient of the Jostens Community Service Award, presented by the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators.
Denison was one of three honorees at this year’s awards reception. Recognition is given for projects in three categories: one-time projects, an array of projects and ongoing projects. Denison was the recipient of the award for its service in an array of projects. In addition to a commemorative trophy, NADIIIAA and Jostens will make a $1,000 contribution to the general scholarship fund at Denison.
Denison was selected as the overall winner in the “array of projects” category out of 29 nominees. A total of 352 Denison student-athletes participated and donated a total of 2,374 hours during the 2014-15 academic year. Projects included raising $7,600 that benefitted the National Paralyzed Veterans, One Love Foundation for Sexual Violence Prevention and the West Licking Warriors Special Olympics. Men’s and women’s teams in the sports of lacrosse, soccer, cross country, track and field, swimming and diving, basketball, baseball, football, softball, and volleyball participated.
Additional groups impacted by Denison’s service ranged from national organizations to local area charities.
“At Denison, we break the educational experience down into three parts: academics, experience and community,” noted Denison Director of Athletics Nan Carney-DeBord. “We are not only members of the campus community, but the community as a whole and it is vitally important for us to instill the value of volunteering and giving back not only during their time at Denison but throughout their lives.”
The National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators is comprised of administrators from nearly 450 institutions and 43 conferences competing at the NCAA Division III level.