LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall's Student-Athlete Leadership Council (SALC) is set to celebrate NCAA Division III Week, which begins Monday, April 1 and runs until Sunday, April 7.
Division III Week serves as an opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. All 27 of F&M's teams, including the Division I wrestling program and the CSA-affiliated men's and women's squash teams participate in the weekly celebration.
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.
A list of F&M's planned activities is below.
SALC is kicking off D3Week a day early on Sunday, March 31 with the seventh annual 4L Day event - a workshop for local high school students. SALC organizes and presents a variety of sessions on the topics of leadership, goal setting, communication skills, and proper social media use - affording them an opportunity to exchange information and ideas on the subject.
Canned Good Drive
SALC is partnering with the Ware Institute for Civic Engagement for a canned good drive. Starting on Monday, April 1st through Wednesday, April 3 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. there will be students collecting canned goods in the College Center which will be taken to the Lancaster County Council of Churches.
A van will also be outside of Mayser Gym on Thursday, April 4 from 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and again from 12:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m. collecting goods.
A suggested list of items to donate includes soup, oatmeal, canned fruit, canned meat, canned tuna, dried past, and peanut butter.
SALC is culminating D3Week next weekend with the group's 16th annual TeamWork event. Now a three-day initiative (Friday, April 5 - Sunday, April 7), SALC is teaming up with the Ware Institute in an expanding yearly service project that supports local non-profits by planting trees, painting indoor areas, and helping to beautify the community.
More than 600 F&M student-athletes, along with members of Greek clubs and additional students contribute are expected to participate, making it one of F&M's largest community outreach programs since its establishment in 2004.
A Day in the Life
Throughout the week, various F&M teams competing in the spring will take over the F&M SALC Instagram account (@fandmsalc). The takeovers will follow a team on their day of competition and provide insight into the daily life of a busy Division III student-athlete at the College.
SALC is F&M's version of the NCAA-mandated Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). For further information on Franklin & Marshall's SALC, click here.