NCAC Tops PAC In DIII Week Change War

The NCAC topped the PAC for the fourth year in a row in the annual NCAA DIII Week "Change War"
The NCAC topped the PAC for the fourth year in a row in the annual NCAA DIII Week "Change War"

The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) outraised the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) by a $3,216.13 to $2,386.28 margin in their friendly and spirited fundraising "Change War" competition during the 2018 NCAA Division III Week.

All funds raised this spring through the “Change War” will be directed to LifeBanc in memory of the College of Wooster’s Clayton Geib. A senior chemistry major and football player at Wooster, Geib died on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Wooster Community Hospital. Geib was transported to the hospital on Saturday, September 16 after complaining that he did not feel well following the conclusion of the Wooster-Ohio Wesleyan University football game.

Oberlin College, a member of the NCAC, led all participating schools with over $1,200 raised, while Grove City College led all PAC schools with over $600 raised.

In the four years of the "Change War", the philanthropy of the two leagues has generated over $18,000 in donations for five different foundations.

The two leagues combined to raise over $5,000 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research in 2016 and over $3,600 for The Cure Starts Now Cancer Research Foundation in 2015.

In 2017, the PAC SAAC worked with the Beaver County Heart & Cancer Association (BCCHA) in Monaca, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1988 following the merger of the Beaver County (PA) Cancer & Heart Association, the BCCHA touches the lives of thousands of Beaver County residents every year through its commitment to the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

In January 2017, the PAC’s 10 member schools hosted #wynnthebattle events to send Geneva College women’s basketball head coach Lori Wynn a clear message: she was not facing her battle alone. Wynn, now in her eighth season at Geneva, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the summer of 2016 and was forced to step away from her program and her players throughout much of that season. The PAC raised over $2,500 in support of the BCCHA during its #wynnthebattle events.

The NCAC raised more than $2,000 last spring for the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute in Meadville, Pennsylvania in support of late Allegheny College head volleyball coach Bridget Sheehan and her fight against fallopian cancer.

Division III Week remains an 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 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. The event is part of Division III's Identity Initiative, which was introduced in 2010 to sharpen the division's identity and to enable schools and conferences to more effectively explain why they prefer to compete in Division III.