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Mills, Springfield, Geneseo State lead Division III community-service honorees

Jan 7, 2008 8:12:38 AM

By Jack Copeland
The NCAA News

Community-service projects that spruced up middle schools in California, brought student-athletes into neighborhoods in Massachusetts and promoted sportsmanship in New York have been honored by the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA).

Recipients of this year NADIIIAA/Jostens Community Service Awards include three institutions that will receive $1,000 contributions to their general scholarship funds during a presentation at the NCAA Convention in Nashville.

Mills College is a category winner for the second time in four years after most of the Bay Area school's approximately 100 student-athletes as well as athletics staff members spent a day at middle schools in the Oakland area painting hallways, installing bulletin boards, and cleaning out and organizing a library.

Mills, which also was a category winner four years ago and received recognition for its community-service work each of the past two years, is being honored this time for a one-time project or activity. This year's other category winners are Springfield College in Massachusetts for an array of projects or activities and State University College at Geneseo in New York for an ongoing project or activity.

The Mills student-athletes assisted three nearby schools: ROOTS International Academy, Havenscourt Middle School and Coliseum College Prep Academy.

"This project was a great opportunity for Mills student-athletes to see tangible results from their efforts by creating enhanced learning environments for more than 200 Oakland middle school students," said Themy Adachi, director of athletics, physical education and recreation at the college.

More than 700 Springfield student-athletes representing 26 varsity teams participated in a series of activities year-round that benefited local elementary and middle school students, youth organizations, and charities. The student-athletes participated in more than 40 different projects, including joining the entire college community in a day of community service in which they cleaned local schools, raked and mowed neighbors' lawns, painted decks, and read to fourth graders.

Springfield is a category winner for the first time after twice previously receiving recognition for community-service activities.

Meanwhile, Geneseo State's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and junior and senior captains of athletics teams were the driving force along with the local section of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association in staging annual day-long sportsmanship summits for high-school student-athletes and their coaches and administrators. The college's student-athletes have presented two such summits addressing topics like ethical conduct in sports and hazing, and is preparing for a third session on diversity in sports scheduled for April 23.

Geneseo State also received recognition last year from NADIIIAA, whose membership is made up of athletics administrators at nearly 450 active and provisional Division III member institutions and 40 athletics conferences. A primary purpose of the organization is to encourage the development of athletics programs focused on the student-athlete and based on sound educational philosophy.

NADIIIAA also is presenting awards of merit this year to Manhattanville College, Carleton College and Defiance College for a one-time project or activity; Stevens Institute of Technology and La Grange College for an array of projects or activities; and Washington and Lee University and Haverford College for an ongoing project or activity.

The organization also is awarding honorable mention to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference and the University of Southern Maine for a one-time project or activity; Rowan University, Salem State College and College of St. Scholastica for an array of projects or activities; and Montclair State University, the State University of New York Athletic Conference and Southern Maine or an ongoing project or activity.

The awards are presented by NADIIIAA in cooperation with its exclusive sponsor, Jostens Inc. of Minneapolis, whose products include yearbooks, class rings, graduation products, school photography, and employee and achievement awards.


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