WHAT IS DIII WEEK?
Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct a type of outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment; athletic experience; or leadership/community service/campus involvement.
THE BIG 3
ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENT: In Division III, we realize that the classroom is the primary setting for preparing student-athletes. However, Division III also understands that academics are more than just GPAs, test scores and majors; it is a comprehensive learning experience that develops successful leaders and professionals.
ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE: Passion and sportsmanship are attributes of the “athlete” in the Division III “student-athlete” paradigm. The “athlete” plays for the love of the game, strives for excellence in all facets of life and perseveres through adversity. So, during Division III Week, celebrate the athletic component of our identity – a true homage to the symbiotic relationship of athletics and higher education- by hosting a banquet for your student-athletes or a clinic for local youth teams.
LEADERSHIP/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Citizenship and responsibility are Division III attributes. Student-athletes “giving back” not only adds to the comprehensive learning component of Division III, but also provides a venue for passion and service.
Major: Biomedical Engineering
"As a member of the WIT community, I have made it one of my goals to become very involved on campus. I have been a member of the Women’s Soccer team for all four years, and was fortunate enough to be nominated as Captain in my Senior season. I have also been a Resident Assistant for the past two years, and before that I was an Admissions Ambassador for a year. As an RA, I have learned valuable leadership skills, and have been able to plan both social and service programs for my residents to take part in to expand on the residential community here at Wentworth."
"I am a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee which aims to have athletes get more involved on campus as well as votes on various NCAA DIII legislature. I also am the Social Media Chair for the WIT Biomedical Engineering Society, and am a member of Phi Sigma Pi which is an Honors Fraternity that focuses on applying its tripod of scholarship, leadership, and fellowship in the WIT community. I am also a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, an Athletic Honor Society, and the Wentworth chapter of Tau Alpha Pi."
Major: Civil Engineering
Dan McSolla made his mark on the Wentworth cross country and indoor track and field team during his four-year career. In its first season as a varsity sport, McSolla was named as the first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men's Cross Country Rookie of the Week, running the three-mile course in 15:50. Fast forward four years, the Leopards captured three CCC Championships in cross country and sent two runners to Nationals, one being McSolla in 2016. Most recently, McSolla competed on the National stage in the Indoor mile run this past March, his second straight appearance in just two seasons of varsity existence.
Quote to live by:
100% of me is nothing compared to 1% of the team - Eliud Kipchoge
"It's truly gratifying to work with the Special Olympians and their coaching staff. It's amazing to see the impact we can make and the smiles we put on their faces. We get as much out of the day as them." - Cesar Fulcar | Men's Basketball Senior
This past January, nearly 175 Special Olympians took part in a basketball event held inside Tansey Gymnasium on the campus of Wentworth Institute of Technology. The event, in support of athletic department's relationship with the Massachusetts Special Olympics, consisted of drills, games, and a three-court basketball tournament. Read the full story here.