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ONU to present symposium on Division III athletics

Apr 7, 2011

Ohio Northern University presents “Paying the Price To Play: a symposium on the Division III Student Athlete Experience” on Thursday, April 14, 2011, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of James F. Dicke Hall.

The ONU History, Politics and Justice Department and the Office of Multicultural Affairs are sponsoring the event, which will feature two panels over a two-hour period. One panel will consist of Division III administrators and coaches, and the second panel will feature current and former athletes. The event is free and open to the public.

“The headlines are dominated by the big-time athletic programs, but there is more to the story of American university athletics,” said Russ Crawford, assistant professor of history at ONU and co-organizer of the event. “Division III athletes play mostly for the love of the game and face many issues that their big-time counterparts do not. We feel this symposium is a great opportunity to explore the current and future concerns of Division III student athletes and how their experience is different from their Division I and II athletic counterparts. With the two panels we have assembled, I think we can get a great insight into all aspects of Division III sports, from the administrators to the athletes.”

Clyde Pickett, director of the multicultural development at ONU and the event’s co-organizer, will serve as moderator.

The administration and coach’s panel will tackle the issues of laboring in anonymity, applying the NCAA rules and opportunities, possible changes that might be needed, and future issues that may face the Division III athlete. They also will discuss the imbalance in resources among Division III schools and the high standards expected from their athletes.

Members of the administration and coach’s panel will be Paul Govekar, associate professor of management at ONU and faculty athletic representative to the Ohio Athletic Conference, Anthony Gholson, head basketball coach at Heidelberg, Fred Barends, head track coach at Capital University, John Rhodes, head men’s basketball coach at ONU, and Tom Simmons, athletic director at ONU.

The athletic panel, consisting of present and past student athletes, will give first-person insight into competing at the Division III level and issues they face, such as the balance between sports and school, the positives and negatives of participating in athletics, and personal sacrifices made by Division III athletes.

Making up the athletic panel will be ONU students Patrick Dochenetz, a senior marketing major and football player, Jayce Born, a sophomore criminal justice major and volleyball player, and Kara Dysert, a junior exercise physiology major and basketball player. Ezra Bradshaw, a former standout ONU basketball player, and Gabriel Washington, a former football player for ONU, will complete the panel.