SU sports: Raiders are finalists for Excellence Award

SU’s Raiders are one of 28 finalists for the 2022 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence, the organization announced Monday.

The university’s Department of Athletics ONESHIP initiative is the focus of the SU finalist entry. Developed in 2020, the ONESHIP goal is to develop unity. Throughout the last 18 months, programming and events steered the campus toward a vision of an anti-biased, anti-racist athletic community.

ONESHIP’s mission

The Shippensburg University Department of Athletics unites with its student-athletes, coaches, staff, and faculty of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and contributions. Its commitment is to diversity, equity and inclusion. It reaches that goal by creating and sustaining an anti-biased and anti-racist environment in athletics and in our broader communities. The award “initiatives in the past year that exemplify the Division II philosophy, community engagement and student-athlete leadership.”
 
Shippensburg is one of seven NCAA finalists in the running for an at-large honoree position. Those seven submitted strong nominations but were not chosen as the official member conference entries. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) chose Bloomsburg’s “Protect Our Pack” initiative as its official entry.
 
Per the national release, a committee of athletics administrators determined this year’s finalists. The national Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) selects the winner. That winner is announced at the Division II business session Jan. 22 at the 2022 NCAA Convention.
 
Each finalist will receive $500. In addition, the winner will receive $2,500, the first runner-up will receive $1,250 and the second runner-up will receive $1,000. Prize money goes toward future SAAC initiatives or community engagement events.
 
It is SU’s first year as a finalist since 2016 (SAAC’s Don’t Say campaign). SU was also a finalist in 2015 (SAAC’s Special Olympics “Fun Meet” series). NCAA also recognized SU for its Community Engagement Award of Excellence in 2011 (MentorSHIP and Kid’s Night Out), 2010 (Special Olympics “Fun Swim” Meet) and 2009 (“Jam the Gym”).
 
Shippensburg’s ONESHIP home page is available here.

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