INDIANAPOLIS – Two American Southwest Conference student-athletes are among individuals selected for the 2017 NCAA Division III Student Immersion Program held in conjunction with the NCAA Convention.
"Over the last two years the Division III Diversity and Inclusion Working Group has emphasized growing the division's pipeline of ethnic minority professionals," said Louise McCleary, Director of Division III. "The Student Immersion Program is an excellent first step to immersing participants into the world of Division III athletics."
Koy is a sophomore pre-med major at the University of the Ozarks. A defender with the women's soccer team, she was named All-ASC Second Team in 2016 and All-ASC Honorable Mention in 2015. She helped the Eagles to the ASC Women's Soccer Championship Tournament a year ago.
"I am thrilled I have been given the opportunity to attend the NCAA Division III Student Immersion Program," said Koy. "I believe this will be an experience that will help me expand my knowledge about the diversity that is present in our everyday lives, while also learning from other students about their outlooks and beliefs."
A senior business administration major, Navarro completed her UT Dallas softball career in spring 2016, helping the Comets qualify for the ASC Softball Championship Tournament in three of her four seasons. The designated player in the UTD lineup, Navarro earned Academic All-ASC and All-ASC Second Team honors in 2016.
"I am thrilled to have an opportunity to attend the Student Immersion Program," Navarro said. "I look forward to meeting people with similar passions as my own as well as gain insight and experience in how to make my dream job come true."
The 42 program participants were selected from the pool of applicants from across the Division III membership. Participants have an opportunity to learn from an identified mentor, participate in a DiSC assessment and goal setting, and engage with the Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) while also enjoying all of the Convention programming. Koy and Navarro will also meet with the ASC Council of Presidents who will hold their mid-year meeting during the Convention. The Student Immersion Program is fully funded by the NCAA.
Amy Carlton, Commissioner of the American Southwest Conference, pointed to the connections Koy and Navarro will make through their participation in the Student Immersion Program. "The two women will not only learn about Division III, but will also be in an environment to make valuable career links," she said. "Division III is applauded for taking the lead in growing the pool of ethnic minority candidates for future positions within Division III athletics."
Koy and Navarro join four other ASC student-athletes who will attend this year's NCAA Convention through Division III and ASC grant opportunities. Joseph Weber (Frisco, Texas/Heritage HS), a UT Dallas men's soccer student-athlete, will also be in attendance at the Convention as a member of the national Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
From the Campuses ----
- Natalie Dreyer, Senior Woman Administrator and women's soccer head coach, University of the Ozarks: "I am excited that Chance (Koy) was selected for the NCAA Division III Student Immersion Program. Chance is an intelligent woman who will gain leadership skills, networking and career opportunities through this opportunity."
- Angela Marin, Senior Woman Administrator, University of Texas at Dallas: "Sara (Navorro) has been a leader on and off the field and has been a great role model for her peers. We have discussed working in intercollegiate athletics after graduation and I know Sara will appreciate her time at NCAA Convention, will learn valuable skills and make meaningful connections."