LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference will be represented by 16 student-athletes at the 2018 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The convention will run from January 17-20 and will be held at various hotels and meeting spaces in downtown Indianapolis.
Student-athletes from all eight SCAC member institutions are invited to apply for this initiative and can do so by submitting an online application here or by using the form below.
For any questions about the trip and/or the application process, please contact Assistant Commissioner Katie Mucci via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Made possible through the NCAA Division III Strategic Initiative Grant, the 16 student-athletes that attend will participate in activities ranging from education sessions to business sessions to the NCAA Honors Celebration.
This will mark the third time the SCAC has brought a large continengent of its student-athletes to experience the NCAA Convention.
SCAC Commissioner Dwayne Hanberry spoke about the success of the 2016 trip, where the league brought 22 student-athletes to the convention in San Antonio.
“It was an incredible week for our student-athletes,” said Hanberry. “You could see the amazement in their faces - whether it was getting an opportunity to meet (NCAA) President Mark Emmert and (Division III) Vice-President Dan Dutcher or take a picture with Dikembe Mutombo at the Honors Celebration - our kids were having the time of their lives. Coupled with that incredible access was an opportunity to sit in on roundtable discussions and provide feedback on proposed legislation. Our student-athletes were granted an opportunity to experience all that the NCAA Convention had to offer and they took full advantage.”
Many conferences now sponsor similiar initiatives but in 2012, the SCAC was one of the first conference's at any level to bring a large contingent of student-athletes to the NCAA Convention.
Commenting on the group's participation at the event, NCAA Division III Vice President Dan Dutcher said the SCAC delegation at the 2016 Convention helped reinforce the student-athlete experience, which is at the heart of the Division III philosophy.
“I thought the increased attendance by student-athletes was a definite highlight of the 2016 Convention,” said Dutcher. “I especially appreciated the chance to meet and speak with the students from the SCAC. Their organization and participation has been noteworthy. I am encouraged and excited by their future leadership.”
Before everyone departed the 2016 NCAA Convention and headed back to campus, the conference office sat down with the SCAC student-athletes to ask each of them their prominent takeaway from the week. A common theme expressed by many was a sense of pride in representing their institutions and the SCAC while getting the opportunity to meet fellow students and administrators from other Division III institutions.
“Every part of this was amazing and I am so lucky to have had this opportunity,” said Austin College junior Emily Low. “I’ve met so many inspiring people and so many people that really want to make a difference with athletics and academics. It was the best opportunity I’ve ever had.”
“It was amazing to get to see different kids from all across the country come and discuss issues on their campus or even things that should be addressed from all of Division III,” said Mary Kate Robertson, a senior from Centenary College.
For others, experiencing the NCAA Convention opened their eyes into a world that they didn’t know existed or at least not to the magnitude they had imagined.
“Not being here at the Convention, I always thought it was a bunch of people in Indianapolis taking all of the polls and everything,” said Colorado College sophomore Justin Nguyen. “But whether it’s at our school SAAC, the conference or even at the national level, we all have a chance to speak up and voice our opinions. People actually care about what the student-athlete cares about.”
Those interested in keeping up with the activities of this year's NCAA Convention attendees can follow along via the conference's various social media platforms: Twitter (@SCAC_Sports), Instagram (@SCAC_Sports) and Snapchat (scacsports). You can also monitor the week's activities by using the hashtag #SCACatNCAA.