April 6, 2012

Salve Regina set to celebrate NCAA Division III Week

NEWPORT, R.I. - Salve Regina University will be joining up with the NCAA to celebrate Division III Week from April 9-15. SRU will use the week to recognize the many academic achievements, athletic accomplishments and committed involvement in leadership, community and campus activities of its student-athletes.

Salve Regina University student-athletes have accomplished much on the fields of competition, but their athletic feats should not overshadow their success in the classroom and within the community. Thirteen of SRU athletic teams achieved a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester and each team has completed some type of community service project during the course of the academic year.

Throughout the week, different areas will be highlighted through splash pages on the athletics web site, including:

Monday - Academics
Tuesday - Leadership
Wednesday - Community Service
Thursday - Sportsmanship
Friday - Athletic Achievements
Saturday - Special Olympics
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Special Olympics Rhode Island Salve Regina University student-athletes will participate in volunteer activities with the East Bay Special Olympics held at Gaudet Field in Middletown on Saturday, April 14. Seahawk women's tennis team is scheduled to provide small group lessons at the tennis courts at Gaudet Middle School, adjacent to the track and field.

Faculty mentors serve a vital role for each of the school's 19 varsity sports. In addition, the university rejuvenated a tradition with its second annual March Madness event featuring a faculty/staff/student basketball game at the Rodgers Recreation Center.

The event is part of Division III’s Identity Initiative, which was introduced in 2010 to sharpen the division’s identity and to enable schools and conferences to consistently explain why they prefer to compete in Division III. The initiative has been guided by a strategic-positioning platform, describing Division III as a place where studentathletes can “follow your passions and develop your potential,” within an approach that combines rigorous academics, competitive sports and an opportunity to pursue other interests.