The North Coast Athletic Conference and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) outraised the Presidents' Athletic Conference by a $2,179.37 to $1,921.29 margin in their friendly and spirited fundraising competition during the 2017 NCAA Division III Week in support of a pair of coaches in each league that are battling separate forms of cancer.
The SAAC groups from the NCAC and PAC member institutions conducted a weeklong "Change War" from Monday, April 3, through Sunday, April 9, with each campus collecting change during the DIII Week.
All of the combined funds raised by the NCAC will go directly to the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute in Meadville, Pennsylvania, in support of former Allegheny College head volleyball coach Bridget Sheehan and her fight against fallopian cancer. The funds raised by the PAC will be sent to the Beaver County (PA) Cancer & Heart Association in support of Geneva College head women's basketball coach Lori Wynn and her battle with ovarian cancer.
Wittenberg led all NCAC schools during the week with a total of $627.51, while Bethany (WV) led all participating PAC schools with a total of $460.00 raised.
In three years of the NCAC/PAC "Change War", the two leagues have combined to raise over $12,700 for four different cancer foundations. The two leagues combined to raise $3,600 for The Cure Starts Now Cancer Research Foundation in 2015 and just over $5,000 for The Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research last year.
Division III Week is 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.
Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference is made up of ten academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, DePauw University, Denison University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster, along with affiliate member, Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.