St. Mary’s City, Md. –The St. Mary’s College of Maryland Department of Athletics & Recreation will be celebrating the seventh annual NCAA Division III Week. NCAA Division III Week, running April 2 to 8 this year, celebrates the unique Division III student-athlete experience, which offers a highly competitive athletics environment, a commitment to academic excellence and time to pursue other interests.

Division III Week is an opportunity for all individuals associated with a Division III institution or conference to observe the impact of athletics on the campus and surrounding community, as student-athletes engage in activities focusing on academic accomplishment, athletic experience and leadership/community service/campus involvement.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), under the leadership of SAAC PresidentSam Coomes(Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake), have planned an eventful Division III Week featuring daily challenges among the 19 varsity sports teams.

“In keeping with the goals of NCAA Division III Week, the SAAC executive board wanted to use the week as an opportunity to celebrate our identity as student-athletes. We thought it best to do this by coming together as a department and engaging in fun, team-building exercises with an element of competition,”Coomesexplained.

NCAA Division III Week Team Challenges

Monday:Human Knot – 7-person teams will race each other to see who can untangle themselves first using communication skills.
Tuesday:Single-elimination Cornhole Tournament
Wednesday:Star Wars Tournament – Teammates help a blindfolded “Jedi” to locate their “lightsaber” as well as their rival.
Thursday:Family Feud Tournament

In addition, we’ll catch a quick glimpse into the life of a St. Mary’s student-athlete through six video testimonials representing baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, sailing, and swimming. Testimonials will be featured each afternoon between Monday and Saturday of Division III Week on all the St. Mary’s Seahawks social media sites.

There will also be several home Seahawk varsity events throughout the week:

  • Wednesday, Apr. 4 –Baseball vs. University of Mary Washington at 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Apr.4 – Men’s Lacrosse vs. Marymount (Va.) University at 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Apr.6 –Women’s Lacrosse vs. Southern Virginia University at 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Apr. 7 –Baseball vs. Salisbury University at 12:00 p.m. (doubleheader)
  • Sunday, Apr.8 –M/W Rowing vs. Cabrini University/Washington College at 10:00 a.m.

The week will culminate on Sunday with the annual SAAC Special Olympics Field Day at 11:00 a.m. in Seahawk Stadium. Field Day allows the Seahawk student-athletes to compete and play alongside children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. Some of Sunday’s activities that will be put on by the varsity teams include:

  • bocce (cross country)
  • a mini-goal shootout (field hockey)
  • lacrosse shooting (men’s lacrosse)
  • cornhole (men’s soccer)
  • soccer shooting (women’s soccer)
  • water balloon toss (m/w basketball)
  • ring toss (m/w swimming)
  • face painting (women’s lacrosse)
  • tie dye station (volleyball)

The Seahawk student-athletes and Field Day participants will then join together for a brown bag picnic lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by a kickball game at 1:30 p.m. For more information about SAAC Special Olympics Field Day, please contact SAAC co-advisorsJason Childs(240-895-3291) and/orErin McDonnell(240-895-3304).

Those student-athletes who have achieved a 3.0 or higher grade-point average for the 2017-18 academic year will also be recognized on Sunday with a SMCM 3.0 Club t-shirt.

About NCAA Division III:Division III is the NCAA’s largest and most diverse division, with 451 members, 43 conferences, and over 190,000 student-athletes. Division III schools strive to provide student-athletes the opportunity to discover their potential and develop their passions through full participation in campus life, and ultimately to dedicate themselves to success as citizens and leaders in society.


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By Nairem Moran ·