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Student-Athletes and Garnet Athletics Celebrate NCAA Division III

Swarthmore Division III Week

The Swarthmore College Athletics Department is joining 450 schools and more than 190,000 student-athletes in observing NCAA Division III Week from April 3 to 9.

As a charter member of the NCAA and Division III, Swarthmore has a long history of competitive excellence in athletics. Since 2015, Garnet athletes have participated in 26 Centennial Conference championships, four ECAC championships, and 10 national championships — including a second place finish and an NCAA individual national championship. Most recently, the men's basketball and men's swimming teams have won Centennial Conference championships.

“Swarthmore supports the principle that collegiate athletics is an integral part of the educational experience,” President Valerie Smith said in a recent community message. “As we celebrate Division III week, we also reaffirm our commitment to diversity, gender equity, and inclusive participation. Garnet athletes hail from 34 states and more than a dozen countries; together they embark on a journey of personal growth that allows them to develop valuable skills such as leadership, teamwork, resilience, and discipline.”

The student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) is hosting a number of events, programs, and giveaways including a Sharples Dining Hall “Takeover,” a community barbeque and ice cream social, and a free youth clinic. You can find the full list of this week’s remaining events scheduled below.

Wednesday, April 5

SAAC & Garnet Go Green will host "no waste" games:

  • Baseball vs. Washington College, 3 p.m.
  • Women's lacrosse vs. Bryn Mawr, 7 p.m.

The President's Office is sponsoring an ice-cream bar & social between games - 6:30 p.m.

Friday, April 7

SAAC hosts a 5-on-5 Dodgeball Tournament, Lamb-Miller Field House, 7 p.m. Register here.

Saturday, April 8

SAAC hosts a community BBQ during the baseball’s game against Dickinson, 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 9 

SAAC will be hosting a youth sports clinic (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) that will give participants a mini-introduction to the various sports that Swarthmore College sponsors. Free and open to all kids grades K-6. Register here.

All Week

Look out for Swarthmore student-athletes taking over the Swarthmore Athletics social media accounts and get a glimpse into "a day in the life" of student-athletes.

SAAC will also be collecting donations for Special Olympics at all D3 Week-sponsored events. Special Olympics is an official partner of NCAA Division III.

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