Springfield, Mass. - March 8, 2017 - For the 12th time in the last 13 years, Springfield College has been selected to for the highly-coveted Jostens/NADIIIAA Community Service Award for projects completed during the 2015-16 academic year. The award was officially presented at the NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee in late January.
The prestigious awards program is co-sponsored by the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators and by Jostens, and is intended to recognize the many contributions that Division III student-athletes make to their communities. The purpose is to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
Springfield was presented the Jostens/NADIIIAA Award of Merit in On-Going Project category and was one of just four colleges and universities nationally honored under that distinction.
In recent years, Springfield College Athletics has made a committement to creating a partnership with Team IMPACT. To date, the football, women's volleyball, baseball, men's gymnastics, women's lacrosse, women's basketball, and men's lacrosse teams are involved with the program. These children and their families—and the incredible saga of their medical journeys— have become an integral part of the Springfield College athletic community. There have been a number of powerful stories written about these partnerships. Last year at the national Team IMPACT Gala, the keynote speaker was Ryan Bradley, the father of Luke, a child with leukemia, who has become the heart and soul of the Springfield College football team. This year, when the men's gymnastics team partnered with Zachary LaBroad, an 8-year-old with cerebral palsy, the match was the 1000th in the history of Team IMPACT.
"Receiving this award was an outstanding honor for both our institution and our Athletics program here at Springfield College," said Director of Athletics, Dr. Craig Poisson. "What Team IMPACT represents mirrors our mission of Springfield College, as we educate the whole person—in spirit, mind, and body—for leadership in service to others. I couldn't be prouder of our student-athletes and their involvement with such a powerful organization."
The NADIIIAA is an association comprised of athletics administrators from the nearly 450 institutions and 43 conferences competing at the NCAA Division III level. A primary purpose of the NADIIIAA is to encourage the continued development of athletics programs focused on the student-athlete and based on sound educational philosophy.