Berry athletics earns two awards for service

Dr. Tom Hart receives service awards
Dr. Tom Hart receives service awards

The National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) announced the recipients of this year's NADIIIAA/JOSTENS Community Service Awards at the NCAA Convention in Washington, DC last weekend. Each of the selected institutions and conferences is being recognized for the impressive community service projects performed by its student-athletes during the 2013-14 academic year. Berry College athletics earned two awards of merit for community service projects.

Berry College athletics was active in fund-raising for the Salvation Army in Rome, Georgia. The Vikings helped raise more than $5700--the second most in the community--during the 2013 holiday season through "bell ringing" at a local Walmart. Viking athletic teams and student-athletes were actively involved in this annual tradition.

Additionally, the Vikings' softball program earned recognition for their "Pink Day" efforts on April 7, 2014. The Vikings raised more than $5000 to fight cancer last spring. Half of the proceeds were donated to the Festival of Life, which assisted Kelly Moore's battle with cancer. Kelly was the mother of Berry softball player, Sarah Moore, who lost her fight to the disease last year. The other half was donated to the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge.

The awards program, established in 2001, is co-sponsored by the NADIIIAA and Jostens and is intended to recognize the many contributions Division III student-athletes regularly make to their campuses and local communities.

The NADIIIAA is an association comprised of athletics administrators from the nearly 450 institutions and 43 conferences competing at the NCAA Division III level. A primary purpose of the NADIIIAA is to encourage the continued development of athletics programs focused on the student-athlete and based on sound educational philosophy.

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