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Division III Advantage

April 10, 2014

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At Lewis & Clark, more than 20 percent of the student body participate in one of 19 NCAA Division III sports. They don’t compete for sports scholarships, or cut short their educations to go pro. Instead, our students thrive in an environment in which they can pursue athletics while fulfilling their academic potential.

During our celebration of Division III Week, Pioneers Glenna Andrews and Drew LeDonne, cochairs of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, share their thoughts on what it means to be a Division III athlete at Lewis & Clark. Andrews and LeDonne recently represented the college at the 2014 NCAA National Convention.

imageDrew LeDonne ’14

Major: Economics

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What are the advantages of choosing to be a Division III athlete?

Division III provides the opportunity for students not only to practice and compete at high levels, but also to develop and pursue other interests. Many students choose Division III so that they can be multisport athletes, get involved in other aspects of campus life apart from sports, and pursue high academic achievement.

What makes being an athlete at Lewis & Clark special?

The college does a great job of hiring athletic department staff members whose primary objective is to develop us as people and future leaders in whatever endeavors we choose to pursue. The coaches and administrators here support student-athletes comprehensively, not in just one or two aspects of our lives.

Glenna Andrews ’15

Major: Biology

Hometown: Middleton, Wisconsin

What are the advantages of choosing to be a Division III athlete?

I chose to be a DIII athlete because it provides so many wonderful opportunities. In addition to being a student and athlete, I’m also able to be involved on campus and get professional work experience. It allows me to be well rounded and to explore many different areas.

What makes being an athlete at Lewis & Clark special?

The athletics department here really emphasizes involvement outside the classroom and beyond the playing field. We are encouraged to be a part of various clubs on campus, and offered amazing opportunities to take leadership roles and participate in community service through the student-athlete mentorship program and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Being a student-athlete at L&C is so much more than just competing, and that’s why I love it.

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