Earlham Athletics SAAC NEWSLETTER 2017 Spring Edition


EC Student-Athletes Give Back to the Richmond Community

The Earlham College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) had more than 30 student-athletes, from the football, field hockey and track & field teams, participate in a unified track & field meet with approximately 50 Special Olympians from Wayne County at Darrell Beane Stadium.

The partnership with Special Olympics is a national effort by NCAA Division III, whose purpose is to enhance the lives of Division III student-athletes and Special Olympians through a mutual learning experience. As a member of Division III, the Earlham athletics department works with the Special Olympics of Wayne County as part of its' commitment to civic engagement.

The annual event allows students and Special Olympians to team up and run, walk or throw a portion of each event, then combine their scores for a winning tally. The meet counts towards the Special Olympians' meet participation minimums and could qualify them for the state meet. Awards were presented at the closing ceremony.

Student-athletes teamed up with the Special Olympics of Wayne County and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) to host the third Unified Sports Bowling Championship. Student-athletes and Special Olympians practiced four times at Richmond 40 Bowl.

On April 2, EC student-athletes and their respective Special Olympic partners competed against other schools in the conference at the Expo Bowl in Indianapolis. EC placed sixth overall out of 10 teams. EC team members Christian Camarillo and Joe Enwright (pictured) were named to the All-Conference Team.


The Earlham College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) celebrated NCAA Division III Week April 1-9, and partnered with the EC Health Club and Wellness Programs. (National Public Health week falls on the same week as NCAA Division III Week.)

Division III Week is a celebration by NCAA member schools and conferences of the division's unique philosophy that equally values academics, athletics and student-athletes' involvement in a full and rich campus life. It 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.

The week at Earlham began with a Color Run to raise funds for EC alums Melissa '03 and Nick Johnson '01. Nearly 75 runners/walkers and volunteers came out in support. The run/walk took place on campus and all participants were given a free t-shirt to get splattered in. The Color Run raised $500 for the family.

Later that day, the EC Department of Athletics hosted boys, ages 6-12, from the Wayne County Boys and Girls Club for a clinic, activities in the pool and lunch at the baseball game. Eleven boys participated and were paired up with the men’s basketball and men’s soccer teams to coordinate the event.

Extreme Spring Fest was held at Comstock Field by the Student Activities Board late that afternoon. Over 260 people attended and enjoyed inflatables, live music, free food, henna tattoos and more.

On Monday and Thursday, the Health Club hosted two lunch and learns featuring three alum. The Monday lunch-and-learn had 40 people in attendance for a talk by Michael Kramer ’91 titled, “The amazing world of social epidemiology: race, place, slavery, the microbiome and more!” The Thursday lunch and learn featured Bob and Mary Beth Metcalf ’65 who addressed the global health issues in Lower Nyakach, Kenya. There were more than 50 people in attendance for their presentation. In addition on Friday afternoon, the Metcalfs held a demonstration on how to build a solar cooker and simple water testing in developing countries, which attracted 20 students from around campus.

Volleyball on the Heart took place Wednesday where 30 people attended during their lunch break. Due to inclement weather, the tennis match was moved to a later date and the tie-dying event was canceled. The Wellness Fair Thursday had over 400 participants, including the vendors.

During the Team Competition Night hosted by the SAAC, 20 students played dodgeball, went on a scavenger hunt and played trivia. All students earned a pair of shorts for participation. The final event of the week, the Zumbathon sponsored by Wellness Programs, had 60 people in attendance and raised $360 for the Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC).

EC Student-Athletes Celebrate National Student-Athlete Day at NCAA Headquarters

NCAA student-athletes representing Indiana colleges and universities participated in a community outreach initiative and celebrated their peers who have excelled academically, athletically and in their communities as part of National Student-Athlete Day celebrations, Tuesday, March 28 at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis.

Colleges and universities participating included the University of Indianapolis; Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis; Butler University; Anderson University; Franklin College; Earlham College; the University of Evansville; and Indiana University. The student-athletes represent a wide range of academic majors and sports.

The full-day celebration at the NCAA national office included a professional development activity for the college athlete volunteers focused on values, as well as a tour of the NCAA Hall of Champions. The group also spent the morning creating care packages for sick kids at Riley Hospital with the help of Indianapolis school children.

Kudzai Mushongahande (field hockey), Kamari Hunter (men’s basketball), Maite Turlings (field hockey), Ben Adams (department intern) and Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator Kaitlin Leach attended the one-day affair.

National Student-Athlete Day is generally recognized April 6 nationwide, but is celebrated at the end of March and throughout the month of April. Student-athletes celebrate National Student-Athlete Day in a variety of ways on or around their college campuses each year, which can include hosting youth clinics, honoring their peers for their academic accomplishments, speaking engagements at elementary and high schools and other local outreach initiatives.


NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- Members of the Earlham athletics and wellness departments, including two student-athletes, as well as a member of the Earlham student life staff, spent a weekend in Nashville, Tennessee attending the 26th annual APPLE Conference.

Padgett Gustavson, first-year defender on the Quakers' men's soccer team, and Isabela Lopez, junior midfielder on the women's soccer team, represented the Earlham student-athletes. Also on Earlham's APPLE team were: Cathryn Dickman, director of wellness programs and Kaitlin Leach, senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator.

"This was my second time attending the APPLE Conference and I love going back each year." Lopez said, "I knew that it would inform me on alcohol and substance abuse and would help me inform my fellow classmates and teammates."

APPLE (Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education Model) was founded by the University of Virginia (UVA) and UVA's Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention in 1991 and identifies seven areas that athletic departments can impact substance abuse among student-athletes: recruitment, expectations and attitudes, policies, education, drug testing, sanctioning, and referral and counseling.

"I was interested in attending the APPLE conference because up until this conference I had received very little education on alcohol," Gustavson stated, "Especially on how alcohol can affect one's athletic performance."

Since 1992, the NCAA and UVA's Gordie Center have partnered to integrate the APPLE model at minimal cost to NCAA-member institutions through two annual conferences, which have been the leading national training symposiums dedicated to substance abuse prevention and health promotion for student-athletes and athletics department administrators. The goal of the conference is to assist schools in promoting student-athlete health and wellness by empowering teams of student-athletes and administrators to create an institution-specific action plan.

Both students had positive takeaways from the keynote speaker.

"I always enjoy listening to Linda Hancock," Lopez said. "I had the honor of introducing her when she came to speak on Earlham's campus. She is always so funny and engaging."

"Linda had the most impact on me specifically when she spoke about alcohol negatively affecting ones play," Gustavson added.

This year, Earlham's focus is the slice of the "APPLE" is on policy and sanctioning. The team hopes to implement alcohol, tobacco, and other drug expectations and sanctions.

"We always bring back an action plan. This year's action plan was to make sure that every team has a policy for alcohol and drugs for in and out of season and a consequence if they do not comply," Lopez stated. "We basically want to make sure that everyone is on the same page (coaches and players) about their policy and sanctioning."

"I am ready to help with drafting any policies and be a liaison between student-athletes and administration," said Gustavson excitedly. "Hopefully I can help educate some of my peers on the effects of alcohol."

Earlham has made trips to the APPLE conference in previous years. Last year, the team focused on the education programs slice and implemented a new course for upper class students on life skills and leadership development.

"I am grateful for the support of Earlham's division of student life, providing athletics this opportunity to truly make an impact on our campus and within the athletics culture," said Leach. "The APPLE conference is informational and motivational and creates this excitement for when you return to campus. Our student-athletes have done a fantastic job in making a difference on campus."


As part of the EPIC Expo, the EC Department of Athletics showed through photographs its core values: self-sacrifice, teamwork, and discipline in the pursuit of athletic excellence. Additionally, the imagery showcased Quaker student-athletes' commitment to academics, service and their team. The photographs were displayed in buildings across campus. During awards convocation, 105 scholar-athletes were honored as an additional piece to the traditional athletic awards. These students had a 3.2 cumulative GPA or better. More than half of the students had a 3.5 or above.

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