YONKERS, N.Y. – Sarah Lawrence College, located on the border of Bronxville and Yonkers, was approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Management Council as a provisional member for sports competition at its monthly meeting in July.
The decision affirms last month’s NCAA Division III Membership Committee recommendation that the college be advanced in the process toward becoming a full member of the association.
“We’re very pleased the NCAA has accepted the college as a provisional member,” said Sarah Lawrence President Karen Lawrence, “and we look forward to building an increasingly robust athletic program consistent with our character and values, and beneficial to not just our current and prospective students, but all our many constituents.”
Having completed a one-year phase as an exploratory member, Sarah Lawrence will begin the first of four years as a provisional member. The college is on track to become a full Division III member by the 2016-17 academic year, when it would gain voting rights for NCAA legislative matters and eligibility for national championships.
“We are excited to be advancing in this process,” said Kristin Maile, director of athletics and physical education. “NCAA membership allows us to upgrade our programs’ level of competition and attract talented student-athletes from around the country. Our goal is that the athletic programs are a reflection of the college’s reputation for providing superior educational opportunities.”
As a provisional member, Sarah Lawrence is now able to take advantage of NCAA strategic initiative grants, which support professional development, social responsibility and improvement of student-athlete experience.
For the Gryphons, the fall competition season officially kicks off with four teams in action on Sept. 8, including a home men’s soccer match against the College of Mount St. Vincent. More information about Sarah Lawrence College athletics is available at http://athletics.slc.edu.
From a report by Sarah Lawrence College Sports Information.