April 5, 2013

Denison primed for D-III Week

Beginning on Sunday, April 7 and continuing through Saturday, April 13, Denison University will join approximately 450 fellow colleges and universities to celebrate NCAA Division III Week. 

This is the second year of the week-long celebration that was created to honor the unique philosophy of Division III athletics which equally values academics, athletics, and student-athletes’ involvement in a full and rich campus life.

“I am surrounded by excellence each and every day,” remarked Denison Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, Nan Carney-DeBord.  “I see the how much time these students spend on their sport, their academics and their organizations.  Our student-athletes prove that with structure and dedication you really can do it all, and achieve at an extremely high level.”

The week at Denison will be highlighted by the second-annual James T. Glerum Top-50 Scholar Athlete Banquet on Monday night. The event was created in 2012 to honor the top-50 student-athletes at Denison based solely on grade-point average. Each of the 50 student-athletes invited to the event extends a special invitation to one faculty member that has had a resounding impact on them at Denison.  That faculty member introduces the student-athlete and presents them with their award.  The event has been endowed by former Denison men’s basketball player, James Glerum ’82.

On Sunday (April 7) the athletic department has organized a 5K in honor of Denison’s outgoing President, Dale Knobel.  The 5Knobel, as it has been dubbed, will take place on Sunday morning at 9 a.m.  Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. at Lamson Lodge, across from the newly renovated Mitchell Center on Denison’s campus.  All proceeds will support the Allison Knobel Sitton Scholarship Fund and Janet Gregory Fund.  For more information visit DenisonEverywhere.

The remainder of the week’s events center on a host of home athletic contests which are geared to bring the local community and campus community together as one.  On Tuesday (April 9) Denison baseball will host Community Night in its game against Capital University.  The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. and complimentary hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available for all spectators.

On Wednesday (April 10), the women’s lacrosse team hosts DePauw University at 7 p.m. at Piper Stadium and free popcorn will be available to those in attendance.  Denison women’s lacrosse will also be selling t-shirts and raising awareness for brain cancer on behalf of Elizabeth’s Hope, an organization created in memory of Denison student Elizabeth Minter, who lost her battle with brain cancer in May of 2012.

On Thursday (April 11), the second-annual Varsity Cookout will take place at the Alumni Memorial Field House (Rec Gym) at 11:30 a.m.  Lunch will be provided to all Denison student-athletes and the 2013 Varsity T-Shirt will be presented to those student-athletes in attendance.  The event is sponsored by the Denison Student-Athlete Advisory Council (DSAAC).  Later that evening, the Big Red baseball team will take on Muskingum University at 4 p.m. at Big Red Field.

Saturday, April 13th will mark a twinbill of Denison athletics.  At softball, free hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available to spectators that attend the doubleheader against Ohio Wesleyan.  First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.  Later that night, the nationally ranked Big Red men’s lacrosse team will host Wittenberg at 7:30 p.m. at Piper Stadium.  Free popcorn will be available to all in attendance.

The week-long celebration is part of NCAA Division III’s identity initiative. The concept was introduced in 2010 to provide an assortment of tools and programs for use in sharpening the division’s identity and to enable schools and conferences to consistently explain to constituencies ranging from prospective student-athletes to the local community why they prefer to compete at the Division III level.