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Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Life You Save

 


FEBRUARY 25, 2021 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. The Life You Save

the life you save
by Jim Seavey, UMass Dartmouth


"It was a normal Saturday in a seemingly unnormal world.

UMass Dartmouth Head Baseball Coach Bob Prince made the drive from the South Coast to State College, Pennsylvania with his son Harry over Super Bowl weekend for what has always been a seemingly normal activity.  It was something the Prince family had done so many times without giving it a second thought—packing up the car for two days of AAU basketball. 
 
Harry and his sixth grade teammates on the Expressions were together once again for a tournament that, for a few fleeting hours, restored some semblance of normalcy to their young lives.  The Expressions would compete against other squads from across the region, including a matinee matchup with the Ivy Lions from Westchester, New York.
 
"It was just a chance for everyone to see their kids play," Bob Prince said.
 
What happened next was anything but normal.  Far from it."

>> Situational Awareness: "Barbara Palmer-Greene and her husband Artie had also made the trek to State College from Westchester County to watch their son Donte play.  They took in the action in a socially distant atmosphere not too far from where Bob Prince was sitting.  As the game began and progressed, Harry Prince and Donte Greene ended up guarding each other.Like any other contest, the action was fast and intense.  But in an unimaginable instant, everything stopped. Donte suddenly fell to the floor.  Heart arrhythmia was the farthest thing from anyone's mind. Bob's. Barbara's. Artie's. Harry's. Anyone."

>> Why It Matters: "Barbara Greene frantically asked if anyone in the stands was a doctor or could perform CPR. Bob Prince quickly said yes. As someone who is surrounded by 18-to-22 year-old college student-athletes every day, his job required it. The long hours of practice, competition and travel can create situations where CPR training may be needed on the baseball diamond. Little did he know it would be needed on a basketball court in State College, Pa."

>> Quotable: "You never know when or if you'll ever need to use CPR training, but it's something that everyone should learn," UMass Dartmouth Assistant Athletic Trainer Dan Guertin said. "The time that Bob and all of our coaches take to be trained can save a life. It turned out that was exactly the case. I told him how proud I was of him in a situation you can prepare for but never anticipate."

>> Quotable II: "This isn't about me or anything that I did," Bob said. "It's about learning something that can save a life. It could be a loved one or a total stranger. The time commitment is well worth the reward. I can't strongly recommend enough for everyone to get CPR training as quickly and as often as they can."

>> A Story For The Ages

 
FINANCES

2. Endowments, Part 4


We continue with part 4 of our series on college endowments. Today, D3Playbook looks at some of the disparities among conference members. Who are the power players in each conference?

MAC

  1. Stevens, $225,009
  2. York, $150,160
  3. Messiah, $133,801
  4. Hood, $104,534
  5. DeSales, $93,582
  6. Widener, $90,011
  7. Fairleigh Dickinson, $88,304
  8. Arcadia, $81,501
  9. Lebanon Valley, $70,775
  10. Albright, $69,214
  11. Misericordia, $54,506
  12. Delaware Valley, $30,892
MASCAC
  1. Worcester State, $34,453
  2. MCLA, $14,665

MIAA

  1. Hope, $229,198

MIAC

  1. Carleton, $868,695
  2. Macalester, $697,240
  3. St. Olaf, $527,239
  4. Saint John's, $205,997
  5. Gustavus Adolphus, $205,365
  6. Concordia, $156,612
  7. Hamline, $100,560
  8. Saint Benedict, $86,715
  9. Augsburg, $54,134

Midwest

  1. Grinnell, $2,090,750
  2. Lawrence, $361,080
  3. St. Norbert, $150,219
  4. Illinois College, $126,105
  5. Beloit, $87,663
  6. Lake Forest, $85,813
  7. Cornell College $81,135
NAC
  1. Husson, $29,535
  2. Thomas, $21,918
NACC
  1. Concordia-Wisconsin, $90,326
  2. Wisconsin Lutheran, $35,990
  3. Lakeland, $17,504
NCAC
  1. Oberlin, $954,934
  2. Denison, $904,772
  3. DePauw, $692,896
  4. Kenyon, $419,099
  5. Wabash, $335,882
  6. Wooster, $311,118
  7. Ohio Wesleyan, $236,260
  8. Allegheny, $233,661
NEAC
no schools participated

NECC
no schools participated

NESCAC

  1. Williams, $2,841,360
  2. Amherst, $2,565,148
  3. Tufts, $1,889,477
  4. Bowdoin, $1,782,278
  5. Middlebury, $1,133,644
  6. Wesleyan, Conn., $1,052,631
  7. Hamilton, $1,020,321
  8. Colby, $878,323
  9. Trinity, Conn., $605,744
  10. Bates, $341,587
  11. Connecticut College, $316,270

NEWMAC

  1. MIT, $18,495,095
  2. Wellesley, $2,285,397
  3. Smith, $1,907,178
  4. Mount Holyoke, $789,037
  5. WPI, $505,506
  6. Babson, $488,074
  7. Clark, $420,631
  8. Wheaton, Mass., $210,467
  9. Springfield, $79,639
NJAC
  1. Rowan, $240,008
  2. Montclair State, $81,123
  3. TCNJ, $39,809
  4. Ramapo, $21,158
Northwest
  1. Whitman, $586,335
  2. Puget Sound, $378,614
  3. Willamette, $256,754
  4. Lewis & Clark, $240,774
  5. Whitworth, $165,246
  6. Linfield, $106,127
  7. Pacific, $71,386
OAC
  1. Baldwin Wallace, $177,999
  2. Mount Union, $135,499
  3. Capital, $107,679
  4. Otterbein, $99,107
  5. Marietta, $85,460
  6. Muskingum, $76,971
  7. Heidelberg, $51,414
ODAC
  1. Washington and Lee, $1,630,163
  2. Hampden-Sydney, $188,785
  3. Hollins, $174,608
  4. Randolph-Macon, $168,284
  5. Roanoke, $142,304
  6. Lynchburg, $109,306
  7. Bridgewater, $91,945
  8. Emory & Henry, $91,297
  9. Guilford, $72,968
  10. Shenandoah, $68,392
  11. Ferrum, $52,307
Presidents
  1. Washington & Jefferson, $122,853
  2. Westminster, $110,232
  3. Chatham, $95,436
SAA
  1. Berry, $981,511
  2. Sewanee, $419,515
  3. Rhodes, $341,178
  4. Centre, $325,715
SCAC
  1. Trinity, Texas, $1,270,290
  2. Colorado College, $768,785
  3. Southwestern, $289,412
  4. Austin, $155,433
  5. Texas Lutheran, $79,347
SCIAC
  1. Cal Tech, $2,837,600
  2. Pomona, $2,257,399
  3. Claremont McKenna, $855,451
  4. Occidental, $439,089
  5. Chapman, $416,600
  6. Scripps, $374,862
  7. Harvey Mudd, $319,714
  8. Redlands, $212,460
  9. Cal Lutheran, $115,433
  10. La Verne, $113,354
  11. Whittier, $104,309
Skyline
  1. Yeshiva, $615,144
  2. Sarah Lawrence, $110,183
SLIAC
  1. Principia, $696,183
  2. Webster, $129,755
SUNYAC
  1. Oneonta, $52,772
  2. Cortland, $49,108
  3. Oswego, $44,064
  4. Fredonia, $38,219
  5. Potsdam, $38,077
  6. Plattsburgh, $21,919
UAA
  1. Washington, Mo., $8,420,497
  2. Chicago, $8,204,461
  3. Emory, $7,936,988
  4. New York U., $4,313,652
  5. Carnegie Mellon, $2,670,760
  6. Rochester, $2,329,949
  7. Case Western Reserve, $1,850,806
  8. Brandeis, $1,073,589
Upper Midwest
  1. St. Scholastica, $93,600
  2. Bethany Lutheran, $41,593
USA South
  1. Berea, $1,252,985
  2. Agnes Scott, $204,799
  3. Meredith, $114,563
  4. LaGrange, $50,228
  5. William Peace, $49,180
Wisconsin
  1. Eau Claire, $80,462
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3. NCAA Overlooks DIII Athletes

NCAA Overlooks Division III Athletes
by Alison Gill, The Chicago Maroon

 

"Division III athletics is an exclusive but large club: Less than 5 percent of high school athletes will compete in collegiate sports at any level, but over 194,000 student-athletes suited up for Division III teams last year. Overall, Division III athletes constitute 36 percent of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) members.

Yet the NCAA seems to have forgotten about this significant portion of its membership. The last Division III opportunity to compete for a National Championship occurred on December 21, 2019, and the next opportunity to compete for one could, optimistically, be May 2021, representing a 17-month-long layoff between consequential competition for Division III athletes. Meanwhile, the NCAA continues to march forward with plans for all Division I and II athletes to play for winter sports championships in March. The prolonged absence of Division III competition begs important questions about the future of the division and the collegiate sports model.

Division III student-athletes have made significant sacrifices to get to compete this year, just like their Division I and II counterparts. They have balanced 20-plus hours of practice with academics each week, adhered to strict COVID-19 protocols, and managed pandemic-induced stresses for the chance to compete, motivated by nothing more than the love of their sport.

>> Background: "The NCAA cited low participation numbers as the explanation for the cancellation of Division III winter championships. Currently, about half of Division III teams have made the choice to compete and are in the midst of their competition seasons. By contrast, the NCAA affirmed that all Division I winter championships will proceed without any change in their bracket size."

>> The Key Stat: "But, before we ask “what’s next?” for Division III sports, we should think of the Division III student-athletes and coaches who have been robbed—twice now—of NCAA postseason play. Their hard work and commitment deserve recognition, but more than that, they deserve the opportunity to compete for trophies. It’s a shame that the NCAA decided that a few million dollars was too costly to grant its membership that chance."

>> Continue Reading
 

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VOLLEYBALL

4.  Firebirds, Pride Set Atop Polls


The AVCA has released its women's and men's rankings and Carthage and Springfield hold down the top spots.


11-15: Juniata, Muskingum, Mount St. Joseph, Susquehanna, Texas-Dallas
16-20: Saint Benedict, Franklin, Westminster (Mo.), Bluffton, Hope


>> Complete Poll



11-15: North Central, Benedictine, Juniata, Lancaster Bible, Southern Virginia

>> Complete Poll 
 
SCOREBOARD

5.  About Last Night


WBB: #1 Hope 63, #3 Trine 59MBB: #7 St. Thomas 76, #5 Saint John's 64MVB: #7 Carthage 3, #11 North Central 0BSB: Lynchburg 11, Averett 9
All of Wednesday's scores: MBB | WBB | MVB | BSB | MIH | WIH
 
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Find out more at SalemChampionships.com
TRANSACTIONS

6.  Comings and Goings
 
LAST WORD

7.  The Next Great DIII Sport
 

photo by Streeter Lecka, Getty Images

Pickleball is going increasingly mainstream during COVID-19 as an outdoor sport that allows for some social distancing, reports Axios Cities editor Jennifer Kingson.

  • The cross between tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong is played on what looks like a miniature tennis court.

The big picture: While the Sun Belt states are the biggest pickleball hotbeds, demand for public courts is exploding everywhere.

  • "If you ever slung any sort of a racquet before, you can become competent in an hour," says Stu Upson, CEO of USA Pickleball.
Go deeper: Here's a primer from Axios sports reporter Jeff Tracy.

- courtesy of Axios


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