ORLANDO, Fla. - Four student-athletes from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) attended the 2019 NCAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. last week. Mount Holyoke College senior Zahkeyah Allen, Smith College junior Abigal Edwards, and Springfield College junior Shamar Martin were three of 40 student-athletes selected to the 2019 NCAA Division III Student Immersion Program in conjunction with the national convention, while Mount Holyoke College sophomore Ireland Clare Kennedy attended as the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) NEWMAC Associate Member. All four students had a full agenda during the convention and were able to attend workshops, NEWMAC events, and division-wide forums to gain experience and insight into the Division III structure and governance process.
What They Said About the 2019 NCAA Convention:
"Attending the national NCAA convention was an incredible and transformative experience. The connections I've made, the dedicated individuals I've met, and the crucial conversations I've had the opportunity to participate in have reaffirmed my commitment to Division III athletics and the NEWMAC specifically."
Shamar Martin, Football, Springfield College:
Zahkeyah Allen, Women's Basketball, Mount Holyoke College:
"Coming to the NCAA 2019 Convention in Orlando, Fla. was so much more than an amazing opportunity. In the months leading up to convention, I was nominated, elected and announced as the National SAAC Associate Representative for the NEWMAC. Being in this new process meant myself and other associate members were the drivers of change - implementing and facilitating new connections that foster closer relationships between our partner conferences, creating cohesion between large portions of the country. Convention was busy and exhausting, but this only expresses the tireless efforts and collaboration from the NCAA to ensure the voice of students is heard across all divisions. Overall, I am incredibly humbled and honored to be in the presence of so many accomplished student athletes who came before me, and the people supporting them who made this all possible. I couldn't be prouder to represent the NEWMAC, and was reminded in my final meeting with the conference just how lucky we are to have such a supportive conference that fosters all the students which make up such an elite level of higher education and athletics."
The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference consists of 11 highly selective institutions committed to academic excellence: Babson College, Clark University, U.S Coast Guard Academy, Emerson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Springfield College, Wellesley College, Wheaton College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.