As part of the NCAA's Division III Identity Initiative in 2010, Division III Week was created to bring attention to the student-athletes competing in the largest division in the NCAA. Schools like Heidelberg are charged with promoting the academic and athletic achievements of our students.
Follow your passions and discover your potential
The college experience is a time of learning and growth – a chance to follow passions and develop potential. For student-athletes in Division III, this happens most importantly in the classroom and through earning an academic degree.
The Division III experience provides for passionate participation in a competitive athletics environment, where student-athletes push themselves to excellence and build upon their academic success with new challenges and life skills. And student-athletes are encouraged to pursue the full spectrum of opportunities available during their time in college.
In this way, Division III provides an integrated environment for student-athletes to take responsibility for their own paths, follow their passions and their potential through a comprehensive educational experience. (taken from the NCAA Division III strategic platform)
Division III at Heidelberg
Roughly half of the incoming students to Heidelberg classify themselves as student-athletes. As of April 6, 2014, Heidelberg's 20 varsity teams have more than 450 players on their rosters.
Many of the teams have enjoyed sustained athletic success over the past decade, highlighted by many appearances in national competition.
More importantly, Heidelberg student-athletes have been recognized locally, regionally and nationally for their efforts academically.
HU's Division III Week Events
Giveaways and special activities will be held at three home events during Division III Week.
- Tuesday, April 7: Men's Tennis vs. Capital, 3:30 p.m. (POSTPONED, make-up date TBA)
- Wednesday, April 8: Baseball vs. Capital, 1 p.m. (POSTPONED to Friday at 1 p.m.)
- Saturday, April 11: Softball vs. Marietta, 1 p.m.
Division III Week will culminate in the first-ever Siggy Awards, which highlight the accomplishments of the Student Princes. The event will take place in Seiberling Gymnasium on Sunday, April 12 at 7 p.m.
Online, the HU Athletics website will run feature stories that bring attention to several student-athletes with unique experiences.
- Monday, April 6 -- Sarah Parker Feature
- Tuesday, April 7 -- Mikaela Mitsch Feature
- Wednesday, April 8 -- Ryan Finck Feature
- Thursday, April 9 -- Hamid Shariff Feature
- Friday, April 10 -- Berg alums as head coaches | #FacultyAppreciationFriday on Twitter