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Patriots to celebrate NCAA Division III Week, April 7-13

TYLER, April 4, 2014-- The UT Tyler Athletics department and the NCAA will celebrate Division III Week, beginning Monday, April 7, all the way through April 13.  The week is a special week set aside to bring awareness to Division III institutions and their student-athletes.

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 event is part of Division III’s Identity Initiative, which was introduced in 2010 to sharpen the division’s identity and to enable schools and conferences to more effectively explain why they prefer to compete in Division III.

The initiative has been guided by a strategic-positioning platform, describing Division III as a place where student-athletes can “follow your passions and develop your potential,” within an approach that combines rigorous academics, competitive sports and an opportunity to pursue other interests.

UT Tyler Athletics has several events planned for this special week, including:

Monday, April 7, will begin with several student-athletes being featured on local t.v. stations, to get the word out about the special week.

CBS 19 in Tyler will run a package featuring two Patriots on Monday morning, while KETK-NBC 56 will have two student-athletes on-set in the morning.

On Tuesday, the athletic department will host a Faculty and Staff, Coffee and Muffin get-together, beginning at 8 a.m. in the UC Ballroom.  This is a chance for employees of UT Tyler to learn more about the student-athletes they teach every day.

All UT Tyler student-athletes will be wearing "Why D3" t-shirts on Wednesday, bringing awareness to how many are actually on campus.

On Thursday, student-athletes will hand out literature and flyers on D3 Week, as well as invites to the UT Tyler softball game on Friday night.

The UT Tyler softball team will play Concordia on Friday at 3 and 5 p.m., and will try and break the 1,000 in attendance mark!

The first 250 students will receive free t-shirts, with many more prizes and special events planned.

Fans, students, faculty and families are encouraged to bring canned goods to the games on Friday, helping the Patriots in their effort to support the local community.


Article by Jeff Williford

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