Trine to celebrate NCAA DIII Week
with sporting events, activities

ANGOLA, Ind. – Join Trine University as it celebrates NCAA DIII Week, a special week to shine a spotlight on Division III athletics, with a host of free activities from April 8-14.

Trine has participated in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III since 2004. Trine University's athletics program is participating in the second annual celebration of NCAA Division III Week. More than 600 Trine students participate in varsity athletics, competing for the love of the game. Trine is proud to join the approximately 450 Division III schools in celebrating the academic and athletic accomplishments of student-athletes as well as their leadership, community service and campus involvement.

Everyone is invited to support our Thunder student-athletes by attending a sporting event, including lacrosse, golf, tennis, softball and baseball. Plus, Trine's campus will be hosting a Relay for Life event and Special Olympics track meet.

The week begins with the Youth Volleyball Experience at 6 p.m. Monday, April 8, in Hershey Hall. The event is a way for Trine's volleyball team to serve as role models and volleyball "mentors" while also promoting a love of the game.

Local 10- to 14-year-old volleyball enthusiasts will each be teamed with a Trine volleyball player "big sister" who will help teach them the game. The big sisters will teach skills such as serving, passing, setting and attacking as well as the importance of teamwork and communication on the floor.

The Youth Volleyball Experience continues on Wednesday, April 10.

Other activities by day include:

Tuesday, April 9

Men's tennis vs. Calvin College, 4 p.m., outside courts near Hershey Hall, or courts in Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic and Recreation Center

Wednesday, April 10

Softball vs. Alma College, 3:30 p.m., Trine softball field

Women's tennis vs. Adrian College, 4 p.m., outside courts near Hershey Hall, or courts in Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic and Recreation Center

Men's golf AC Eddy Invitational, 1 p.m., Trine's Zollner Golf Course

Take Back the Night rally and march, 6:30 p.m., outside Best Hall (Best Hall room 229 in event of inclement weather) is when Trine students take a stand against violence as they observe Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Thursday, April 11

High school girls' lacrosse, Homestead High School, Fort Wayne vs. St. Joe High School, South Bend, 5:45 p.m., Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium

All-Athlete Clean-Up Campus Day, Trine student-athletes will give the Trine campus a spring cleaning

Friday, April 12

A delegation of Trine student-athletes will attend the NCAA National Student-Athlete Day celebration in Indianapolis

Baseball doubleheader vs. Hope College, 2 p.m., Jannen Field

Men's tennis invitational with Trine and Capital universities and Defiance and Grace colleges, 4 p.m., Angola High School; event continues at 9 a.m. Saturday

Kids Math Night, 6 to 8 p.m., Hershey Hall west gym, sponsored by the Trine Math Club

Since 2010, this event has taken place for children in first through fifth grades. Registration is requested by sending the student's name, school, grade, pizza choice (cheese, pepperoni or sausage), parent/guardian's name, and contact number to the Math Club president, Julie Shaffer, at jmshaffer@my.trine.edu or the vice president, Gina Wagner, at gswagner@my.trine.edu . All activities involve mathematics and include making slime (some of which the children will take home), solving puzzles and playing math twister.

Saturday, April 13

Men's tennis invitational with Trine and Capital universities and Defiance and Grace colleges, 9 a.m., Angola High School

Men's lacrosse vs. Calvin College, 2 p.m., Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium

Women's tennis vs. Hope College, 1 p.m., outside courts near Hershey Hall, or inside courts in Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic and Recreation Center

American Cancer Society Relay for Life, sponsored by Trine's Colleges Against Cancer team, begins at 6 p.m. and ends at noon Sunday, April 14, in Hershey Hall. The event runs around the clock and requires each team to have at least one person on the track at all times during the event.  To keep spirits high during the 18-hour relay, there will be food, activities, live entertainment and a deejay. To participate, go to www.relayforlife.org, look for "sign up or find an event" and type in Trine University.  Follow the links to register a team or request to join a team that's already registered. Individuals and teams may sign up right up until the event begins. Donations may also be made on the website.

Sunday, April 14

High school boys' lacrosse, Carmel High School, Carmel, Ind. vs. Brother Rice High School, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 2 p.m., Fred Zollner Athletic Stadium

Steuben County Special Olympics Track Invitational, 2 to 5 p.m., Keith E. Busse/Steel Dynamics Inc. Athletic and Recreation Center

American Cancer Society Relay for Life, continued from Saturday, ends at noon, Hershey Hall