Cal Lutheran to Participate in Fifth Annual Division III Week
CLU promotes knowledge of Division III
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Cal Lutheran is one of 450 Division III institutions around the country. During the week of April 4-10, all members will host Division III Week, aimed at celebrating what those schools have to offer student-athletes in the classroom, in the field of play and in the community during the 42nd year of the NCAA.
In 2010 the Division III Identity Initiative was introduced. It is described as a place where student-athletes can “follow your passions and develop your potential,” within an approach that combines rigorous academics, competitive sports and an opportunity to pursue other interests.
There are currently 190,315 DIII student-athletes while Division I and II combine for 298,758 student-athletes. Overall, 489,074 compete at all levels combined from coast to coast. Division III, represents the largest tier in the NCAA at 38.9 percent of the total membership. Additionally, on average, student-athletes comprise 24 percent of the student body at Division III institutions with percentages ranging from one to more than 50 percent.
In 2015-16 CLU had 458 roster spots with428 individuals donning the Violet and Gold as 29 Kingsmen and Regals are two-sport competitors with one three-sport athlete.
The NCAA sponsors 28 Division III Championship events with 14 for men and 14 for women. There are also nine National Collegiate Championships. Overall, CLU sponsors 21 intercollegiate athletic programs, which is above the average (18) of like institutions.
Cal Lutheran is one of the 81 percent (357) of active institutions that is private with 19 percent (82) of DIII schools on public campuses. Across the board the average enrollment of Division III schools is 2,643.
All of the schools that fall in the Division III category are expected to promote the model of discover, develop and dedicate. CLU is right on track with that mantra by succeeding academically and athletically while giving back to the community.
As in years past, Cal Lutheran is excited to use the opportunity to promote the successes of student-athletes and share their experiences of being part of the successes and traditions of CLU.
In 2015 there were 152 student-athletes inducted into the CLU Scholar Athlete Society by holding a 3.40 or higher cumulative grade point average. The number was just shy of the 2014 record (160) and is expected to be in the same range in 2016. Additionally, numerous student-athletes throughout the year have earned sport specific academic accolades and others will be recognized as 2015-16 SCIAC All-Academic honorees at the conclusion of the spring semester.
CLU teams have been just as successful on the field, court, course and in the pool with numerous programs garnering national rankings in 2015-16. The women’s volleyball team became the first NCAA Division III National Championship team in school history after claiming the lone CLU Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) titles thus far this year. A trio of squads has earned spots in the SCIAC Postseason Tournament for their respective sport. CLU has also been represented individually in NCAA Regional competition in the winter and has high hopes of sending more student-athletes to Nationals in the spring. The current sports have a chance to increase those numbers with multiple programs in the hunt for league titles and berths in SCIAC Postseason Tournaments as well.
Beyond those two areas, CLU students have also taken time to give back and will extend that opportunity into Division III Week. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) that is headed in 2015-16 by SAAC president Jack McFarland, along with the entire group, have put together a campaign to promote ‘It’s On Us’, which is aimed at promising to help keep all people safe from sexual assault and encourage teams and schools to do the same. The SAAC has created a banner to be signed by student-athletes from various sports and will be displayed on campus at the conclusion of the week.
Additionally, on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the flagpole, the banner will be on display with a discussion about the “It’s On Us” campaign while string backpacks will be given away the first 250 students from the entire student body to stop by.
Finally, the Ullman Commons will be offering sports themed meals and snacks throughout the week in continuation of the tradition implemented in 2013. Food will include hot dogs, pretzels with mustard, nachos, corn dogs and chili tacos.
During the course of the week other student-athlete related materials will be distributed via Social Media (links below) and on www.clusports.com.
Website: Division III Week
CLU Twitter: https://twitter.com/clusports
CLU Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/clusports
CLU Instagram: http://instagram.com/clusports#
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