Mary Baldwin athletics nationally recognized for diversity

December 1, 2009

On the heels of earning the Sportsmanship Award from the USA South Athletic Conference in 2008-09, the Mary Baldwin athletics department was recently recognized on a national level for its representation and support of diversity. The college was also chosen to participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) life skills program, promoting wellness beyond the field and court.

Mary Baldwin athletics was awarded for overall excellence in diversity, joining eight other NCAA Division III colleges and universities. The award is based on survey responses from employees that asked about the department’s diversity strategy; gender equity compliance; and the racial, gender, and attitudinal diversity of employees. Mary Baldwin athletics also received recognition in one of those five subcategories, earning some of the highest marks in the country for racial diversity.

The athletics program is also a new member of the NCAA’s CHAMPS/Life Skills program, following an application and acceptance process. The program, which refers to the phrase Changing Athletes’ Minds for Personal Success, focuses on five designated areas of the student-athlete educational experience: academics, athletics, career, personal development, and service. Sharon Spalding, athletics director, is eager to explore the program to encourage athletes’ success as well-rounded students.