Willamette Athletics to Celebrate Division III Week

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University Athletics Department will be celebrating Division III Week with several special activities between Tuesday, April 9 and Sunday, April 14. Division III Week honors the experiences of student-athletes who compete in NCAA Division III, with emphasis on academic accomplishments, athletic endeavors and community service.

On Tuesday, April 9, the Athletics Department staff will host a coffee break for all student-athletes from 11:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. (PDT) in the lobby of the Sparks Athletic Center. Coaches will be on hand to serve beverages and snacks to the student-athletics.

The annual Bearcat Day will be held on Thursday, April 11 at the Sparks Center and Sparks Field. The event is sponsored by the Willamette Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Bearcat Day will involve approximately 150 third grade through fifth grade students from nearby Bush Elementary School, who will participate in a variety of athletic activities between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (PDT). The grade school students will learn skills from Willamette student-athletes and coaches.

Willamette also will promote Division III Week at the Bearcats' home events during the week. The Willamette men's tennis team will take on Linfield College at the WU Tennis Courts on Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m. (PDT). The Bearcat baseball team will play Whitman College in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 13 at John Lewis Field, followed by a single game on Sunday, April 14. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. (PDT) each day.

NCAA Division III is the largest and most diverse division within the organization. There are more than 440 colleges and universities in Division III, with approximately 170,000 student-athletes and 40 conferences.

Division III member institutions strive to provide student-athletes with the opportunity to discover their potential and develop their passions through full participation in campus life, and ultimately to dedicate themselves to success as citizens and leaders in society.

Willamette University is celebrating Division III Week, which honors student-athletes at NCAA Division III colleges and universities.

Willamette University is celebrating Division III Week, which honors student-athletes at NCAA Division III colleges and universities.