BALTIMORE, Md. – This week is NCAA Division III Week (April 1-7, 2019). Goucher College is a proud member of the Landmark Conference in NCAA Division III. In conjunction with the Landmark Conference, Goucher Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) is competing in a "Change War" against the other teams in the Landmark Conference.
(SAAC) will be leading this charge by stationing students to collect your spare change (and additional donations) in the main lobby of Mary Fisher from 1:30-4:00 p.m. on Monday. The collections will be continued through the week at the following locations/times:
- Tuesday 2:00-4:00pm: Main Lobby Mary Fisher
- Wednesday 1:30-4:00pm: Main Entryway of the Decker SRC
- Thursday 11:30am-1:00pm: Van Meter Entryway of the Athenaeum
If you cannot make it out to a donation station, you can also donate via venmo- @Goucher-Saac-1 all week. The conference will give an updated standings with the rankings of which school raised the most money daily. SAAC has designated its charity for all money raised this week is the One Love Foundation. More information about the One Love Foundation can be found at the end of the press release.
The Landmark Conference designated Wednesday as Conference Gear Day. Well, Goucher Athletics has taken it a step further and has made it #GoucherGearDay for the entire campus and alumni across the United States and world. Flash your blue and gold and show that you're #GoucherProud along with your fellow Gophers. Feel that your spirit outdoes the rest? Take a picture and post it to Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram and add the hashtag #GoucherGearDay anytime Wednesday, April 3. Not on social media? Submit your photos via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All photos will be entered and voted on via the web from Thursday, April 4 through Monday, April 8 at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top votes with prizes courtesy of Goucher Athletics, Goucher Student Engagement and Goucher Alumnae/I Engagement.
In addition, SAAC will be giving out FREE donuts in the SRC from 1:30-4:00 p.m. on Wednesday for anyone that dressed in Goucher gear along with collecting change for the "Change War."
SAAC will also be hosting two talks with former Division III athletes and how sports impacted their lives and career. Dave McHugh, a Goucher College men's soccer alum and voice of Goucher men's basketball, will speak at 7 p.m. in the SRC 209 Classroom and Director of Athletics/Associate Dean of Students will speak on Wednesday at 5 p.m. from SRC 209 Classroom. Wu was named Director of Athletics in January and was a standout goalkeeper and assistant coach at McDaniel College.
Goucher will also take part in the Landmark Conference Instagram takeover when members of SAAC will have control of the Landmark Conference's Instagram page @landmarkconf on Thursday. A "Day In The Life of a Goucher Student-Athlete" and a few trivia questions will also be produced throughout its Instagram takeover. Two Goucher student-athletes will also be featured by the Landmark Conference on Thursday.
Saturday, Goucher athletics will hold a Special Olympics Inspiration Walk on Saturday from 9-10 a.m. Student-athletes will attend the walk and cheer the members of Special Olympics during its walk.
The Goucher College Department of Athletic Communications will also post videos of Goucher student-athletes talking about their Division III experiences and what it means to be a Division III athlete. These videos will be posted on social media throughout the week and then a composite video will be available on You Tube and the website at the end of the week.
If there are any student-athlete alumnae/i that would like to answer a few questions to contribute to our Division III celebration, please take the time to fill out this questionnaire.
About One Love
Yeardley Love was killed and her death was avoidable if anyone in her life truly understood the unhealthy and increasingly dangerous relationship behaviors they were seeing. The statistics around relationship abuse are daunting, but we believe they can be changed. By educating ourselves and starting the conversation in our communities about the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, we are changing and saving lives. The topic of abuse and violence is one that has for too long been in the dark, and the topic of healthy and unhealthy relationships is one we don't teach our young people in any systematic way. We all deserve healthy relationships—but sadly, we all will experience an unhealthy one! One Love is empowering young people to improve their healthy relationship IQ for themselves and others; improving all our lives and changing the pipeline that leads to abuse. A multi-layered education, awareness and movement-building campaign that surrounds young people with messages about healthy and unhealthy relationships in the classroom, the community and online. This all-encompassing approach will shape the next generation's understanding of relationship abuse and shift community norms. By taking action to spread this awareness through educational programming in person and online, we sew this message into the fabric of our world and change community norms in a powerful way. Together, we can change the statistics around relationship abuse.