The Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAACs) from the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) will engage in a friendly, spirited fundraising competition during the 2017 NCAA Division III Week in support of a pair of coaches in each league that are battling separate forms of cancer.
The SAAC groups at NCAC and PAC member institutions will conduct a week long "Change War" from Monday, April 3 through Sunday, April 9. Campus SAAC groups will collect change during Division III Week, and the conference which raises the most combined funds will be declared the PAC/NCAC "Change War" winner. Additionally, each conference will celebrate the member school that raises the most funds within its respective league.
All of the combined funds raised by the NCAC will go directly to the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute in Meadville, Pennsylvania, in support of former Allegheny College head volleyball coach Bridget Sheehan and her fight against fallopian cancer. The funds raised by the PAC will be sent to the Beaver County (PA) Cancer & Heart Association in support of Geneva College head women's basketball coach Lori Wynn and her battle with ovarian cancer.
The two leagues combined to raise over $3,600 for The Cure Starts Now Cancer Research Foundation in 2015 and over $5,000 for The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research last year.
"As an initiative for the NCAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) we take part in a friendly but competitive competition with the PAC to support a good cause and educate our prospective schools throughout Division III Week," said DePauw University senior and NCAC SAAC president Ian Good. "We are fighting alongside one of our own this year as former Allegheny Head Volleyball Coach, Bridget Sheehan fights her battle with cancer. All proceeds are going to the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute where Coach Sheehan continues to fight her battle."
The Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute is an innovative state-of-the art whole person cancer center, which has been described by local doctors as an “unparalleled continuum of care.” It’s a comprehensive cancer center, featuring the most advanced chemotherapy and radiation therapy services that are specifically prescribed to meet the individualized needs of each patient. Focusing on a mindbody-spirit whole person approach to cancer care, the center provides patients and their families with unique stress-reduction opportunities for creative expression such as a creative arts program and a variety of support groups.
NCAA 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 their campus and surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct a type of outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment; athletic experience; or leadership/community service/campus involvement.