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Division-III-Week-Logo.jpgThis week (4/4-4/10), Bethany, in collaboration with the NCAA is celebrating Division-III week with a series of Instagram posts with Bison athletes from every academic year. The five-part series focuses on what the students like best about Division-III and what being a student-athlete means to them.

In addition, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAACs) from the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) will engage in a friendly, spirited fundraising competition during the 2016 NCAA Division III Week in support of The Cure Starts Now Foundation.

The SAAC groups at PAC and NCAC member institutions will conduct a week long "Change War" from Monday, April 4 through Sunday, April 10. Campus SAAC groups will collect change during Division III Week, and the conference which raises the most combined funds will be declared the PAC/NCAC "Change War" winner. Additionally, each conference will celebrate the member school which raises the most funds within its respective league.

All of the funds raised by the NCAC and PAC will go directly to The Cure Starts Now Cancer Research Foundation.

Started in 2007 by Cincinnati residents, The Cure Starts Now Foundation, an international cancer research foundation, is one of the first foundations to focus on a "homerun strategy" to cancer research, gaining worldwide recognition both by families and other cancer organizations for their focus on revolutionary new strategies for cancer research. The inspirational story of Mount St. Joseph University women's basketball player Lauren Hill, diagnosed with DIPG, a form of brain cancer, has captured the attention of Division III student-athletes across the country. Lauren continues as a spokesperson, fundraiser and advocate for other kids battling brain cancer through The Cure Starts Now Foundation

Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office has been 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.