Hanover College athletics celebrates NCAA Division III Week

Special Olympian bowlers at the HCAC Unified Bowling Championship
Photo Credit: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference




HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College athletic department, as well as the student-athlete advisory board (SAAB) recently celebrated national NCAA Division III Week.

Hanover hosted several events on campus during the week of April 1-7. Some of the events included yoga in the Horner Center, mental health awareness bingo night and student appreciation "Franks for Coming" day, an event where SAAB gave away free hot dogs at a home athletic event. The Panther football team also participated in a "community cleanup" day.

Hanover's SAAB, along with the nine other Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schools, participated in a day of giving, as well as the fifth annual HCAC unified bowling tournament with Special Olympians. Hanover raised the most donations of any conference school in the first annual day of giving challenge, raising over $260.00 for Madison, Indiana's House of Hope. House of Hope delivers canned goods, as well as other everyday necessities for those in need in the local community.

The Panthers' Special Olympic bowling team also competed in the one-day tournament on Sunday, April 7, which featured over 125 athletes from the Special Olympic chapters in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky and student-athletes from each of the HCAC member institutions. Hanover placed fifth overall with a total score of 4,957, just one pin shy of Rose-Hulman for fourth place. Women's soccer junior, Kayla Nowlin (Harrison, Ohio), along with Hanover Special Olympian Levi Finkbine, were named to the all-conference team.

Hanover College Director of Visual Media, Blane Owen, captured the events from D3 Week and has produced a 60-second video summarizing the Panthers' celebration. The video has been embedded at the top of this release.

Contact: Tyler Jester