Franklin, Mass. – For the fourth consecutive year, Dean College will take part in the NCAA's annual Division III Week, which will take place April 1-7 it has been announced. The week coincides with the NCAA's National Student-Athlete Day and throughout the week, the College's student-athletes' academic honors, athletic accomplishments and extracurricular pursuits will be highlighted.
The purpose of NCAA's Division III Week is to give those associated with Division III athletic teams and colleges and universities the chance to celebrate, observe and appreciate the impact athletics and student-athletes have on their communities and campuses.
Beginning on Monday, April 1, student-athletes will "takeover" Dean Athletics social media platforms for the day to give you a glimpse into their personalities and what they do as they juggle academics, athletics and extracurriculars at Dean.
In addition, throughout the week, video features on select student-athletes will be shared as well as Q & A's with other student-athletes.
The week is also filled with activities like making no-sew blankets (Monday), athletic events like men's volleyball senior night (Thursday) and Bulldog Trivia (Friday) that are designed to get as many students involved as possible.
On Saturday, the first-ever "Bulldog Jamboree" will take place at the Longley Athletic Complex. There are three Dean teams in action – baseball, softball and men's lacrosse – and there will be food trucks, spirit giveaways, face painting, yard games and much more.
Celebrating the academic accomplishments of the College's student-athletes is a huge part of the week as well. The 11 student-athletes who were named to the College's President's List (4.0 semester GPA or higher) in Fall 2018 will be acknowledged at Thursday's men's volleyball match. Additionally, the student-athletes who were named to the NECC Academic All-Conference team during the 2018-19 season, will be honored at halftime of the men's lacrosse game on Saturday.
Student-athletes continue to give back to the campus and the community and this week will be no different. In addition to the no-sew blanket event on Monday, members of the softball team will volunteer at the Franklin Food Pantry on Thursday while other student-athletes from various teams will read to elementary school students at nearby Davis-Thayer School.
The Week helps build an overall appreciation and greater awareness of Division III athletics while helping to recognize that Division III student-athletes are following their passion and developing their potential by combining challenging academics, competitive athletics and extracurricular activities that allow them to pursue other outside interests in addition to sports.