Westminster Athletes Celebrate Division III Week

Westminster’s athletes gathered in the Historic Gymnasium for an all-athlete photograph during DIII Week. PHOTO COURTESY OF WESTMINSTER ATHLETICS.


The NCAA held its annual Division III Week across the nation April 3-9, and Westminster athletics hosted a number of events to participate and celebrate the school’s athletic programs.

Division III Week is celebrated each year to “observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community,” according to the NCAA website.

Despite some events being canceled due to rain, Westminster athletes still took part in several events throughout the week to celebrate, said Julie White, athletics department manager and event coordinator.

The week started on Monday with athletes participating in karaoke and enjoying Mexican food from Jalisco. Other events included an all-athlete photograph, a service project in which athletes cleaned up the Stinson Creek Trail and a powderpuff football tournament, White said.

Softball player Josie Cotter, ’20, said that celebrating DIII week with her fellow athletes was “a cool experience.”

“It was nice to see athletes of all different sorts come together to celebrate what we all came here to do,” she said.

In addition to the aforementioned activities, the athletics department hosted an induction ceremony for Chi Alpha Sigma, the National Athletic Academic Honor Society. According to its website, Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes varsity athletes who maintain a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior or senior years. Westminster inducted 25 athletes during this year’s Division III Week, White said.

Throughout the week, athletics participants took to social media to share why they chose Division III, using hashtags such as #D3 and #WhyD3.

Bridget Ringwald, a sophomore volleyball player, said that Division III is important to her because “it allows athletes to take part in more than just athletics on campus.”

“I can be part of a competitive team while pursuing the career I want and be in other clubs and activities,” she said. “It allows me to be more than just the sport I love!”

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