The Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) from the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) and Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) will engage in a friendly, spirited fundraising competition during the 2018 NCAA Division III Week.
The SAAC groups at NCAC and PAC member institutions will conduct a week long "Change War" from Friday, March 30th through Sunday, April 8. Campus SAAC groups will collect change during Division III Week, and the conference which raises the most combined funds will be declared the NCAC/PAC "Change War" winner. Additionally, each conference will celebrate the member school that raises the most funds within its respective league.
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 football game.
"The NCAC SAAC is proudly committed to the NCAC/PAC Change War and the causes it has supported over the years. Beyond competition, this event has provided us the ability to unite as a conference to raise funds for incredible organizations. In times of grief it is often hard to know what to do. As a conference we have the chance this year to honor Clayton Geib and show our solidarity and continued support to his family and friends," said Oberlin College junior and NCAC SAAC president Sarah Feinberg. "While Clayton and I never met, it was made abundantly clear that his impact on the Wooster community was a strong one. I speak for the SAAC executives, Oberlin College and the entire NCAC when I say he is still in all of our hearts and minds. The SAAC has decided this year's Change War funds will go to Lifebanc in memory of Clayton and I could not be prouder of this commitment. While we all continue to compete this spring on the fields, courts, and in the DIII week Change War, we stand together with Wooster and the Geib family.”
Lifebanc, a nonprofit organ and tissue recovery organization that serves Ohio’s Northeast region of the state, works closely with local partners, as well as other organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in Ohio to educate the public and healthcare professionals about the benefits of and need for organ, eye and tissue donations. Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans are alive today because of Lifebanc.
Along with serving the public, professional community and donor hospitals, Lifebanc provides life-saving organs to two transplant centers – The Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital Case Medical Center. Recovered tissue is transplanted countless times in hospitals throughout the region. All fundraising dollars go towards Lifebanc’s community outreach initiatives and grief support services for donor families.
"This year, our annual SAAC Change War is going to hit close to home for our colleagues from the North Coast, with the tragic and unexpected passing of Wooster student-athlete Clayton Geib last fall,” said PAC SAAC and Westminster College SAAC president Zack Walters ’18. “The PAC, its campuses and its student-athletes understand there is no playbook for dealing with the grief and heartbreak of losing a teammate, and while we will continue to mourn Clayton’s death with our friends from the North Coast, we also want to play a part in celebrating Clayton with our support of Lifebanc. We urge all of our schools, teams and student-athletes do what they can in Clayton’s honor.”
In three years of the NCAC/PAC "Change War", the two leagues have combined to raise nearly $13,000 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 in 2016. In 2017, the NCAC raised $2,179.37 for the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute in Meadville, Pennsylvania, in support of the late Allegheny College head volleyball coach Bridget Sheehan and her fight against fallopian cancer, while the PAC raised $1,921.29 for 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.
NCAA Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on their 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.
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.