April 9-15 is the inaugural NCAA Division III Week, a time designed to celebrate the Division III experience and contributions its members make to their communities. The event is part of Division III's identity initiative to enable schools and conferences to consistently explain to constituencies ranging from prospective student-athletes to the local community why they prefer to compete in Division III. Here are a couple of ways the NCAA and its members have spent the week.
In the video below, NCAA President Mark Emmert talks about the NCAA Division III Week celebration.
At the national level, the NCAA will spend the week focusing its attention on the Special Olympics partnership. During the week, Division III will donate $1 (up to $5,000) to Special Olympics for every new "Like" April 9-15 on the division's Facebook page, and also plans events for staff members to celebrate the week in Indianapolis.
In honor of Division III Week, the Capital Athletic Conference posted an an excerpt from "Riding the Bus: Professor Hits the Road with Student Athletes" written by Dr. Jeffrey Byrd, Professor of Biology, and published in the October-November 2007 The River Gazette.