San Antonio, TX--- The Sage Colleges’ Department of Athletics and their student-athletes were recognized on Saturday at the 2016 NCAA Convention by the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) with an Honorable Mention Award in the 2014-2015 NADIIIAA/JOSTENS Community Service Awards. Sage was one the selected institutions and conferences that was being recognized for the impressive community service projects performed by its student-athletes during the 2014-15 academic year.
The awards were presented during the NADIIIAA Awards Reception at the NCAA Convention held in San Antonio, Texas on January 16, 2016.
The awards program, established in 2001, is co-sponsored by the NADIIIAA and Jostens and is intended to recognize the many contributions Division III student-athletes regularly make to their campuses and local communities. Recognition is given for projects in three categories: One-Time Projects, An Array of Projects, and Ongoing Projects. The winners this year in each of the three award categories are, respectively: Stevens Institute of Technology, Denison University, and Kalamazoo College. In addition to presenting commemorative trophies to the three winning institutions, the NADIIIAA and Jostens will make a $1,000 contribution to the general scholarship fund at each of these institutions. The awards were presented during the NADIIIAA Awards Reception at the NCAA Convention held in San Antonio, Texas on January 16, 2016.
In addition to the overall winners, Christopher Newport College, Mount St. Mary College, Arcadia University, Averett University, Roger Williams University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Springfield College received “Awards of Merit.” Albion College, Catholic University, University of Massachusetts-Boston, College of Staten Island, Manhattanville College, Oswego State, Hunter College, The Sage Colleges, and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference received “Honorable Mention” recognition.
The NADIIIAA is an association comprised of athletics administrators from the nearly 450 institutions and 43 conferences competing at the NCAA Division III level. A primary purpose of the NADIIIAA is to encourage the continued development of athletics programs focused on the student-athlete and based on sound educational philosophy. The honorees were selected by a committee of athletic administrators chaired by Danielle Drews, Director of Athletics at The Sage Colleges.
Minneapolis-based Jostens is a leading provider of products, programs and services that help people celebrate important moments, recognize achievements and build affiliation. The company’s products include yearbooks, class rings, graduation products, school photography, employee and achievement awards, and products for athletics departments and their fans. Jostens is the exclusive sponsor of the NADIIIAA.
The NADIIIAA expresses its appreciation to Jostens for its support of the NADIIIAA and its sponsorship of this award.
On-Going Project Category (12 nominees)
Award of Merit
Sara Lawrence College
The Sage Colleges
University of Massachusetts-Boston
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Sages’ Chompers’ Reading program was started five years ago as members of Sage’s 15 varsity teams visit members of the second grade classes at the Bethlehem School District and participate monthly in reading and projects with the students. Coming in the Spring of 2016, Sage will participate in a Super Chompers’ Program at the Birchwood Elementary School where 50 Sage student-athletes will spend the day reading to all the students and classes, impacting nearly 300 students in grades K-through 5.