The University of Shippensburg was selected among 28 finalists for the 2022 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence. The announcement was made Monday afternoon by the organization.
The League’s athletics department was recognized for its ONESHIP initiative. Developed in 2020, ONESHIP was created with the aim of developing the unit. Over the past 18 months, programming and events have been organized to steer a vision of an anti-bias and anti-racist sports community at the University of Shippensburg.
The mission of ONESHIP reads as follows: The Athletics Department of the University of Shippensburg unites with its student-athletes, coaches, staff and teachers of diverse backgrounds, experiences and contributions and is committed to uphold the values of diversity, equity and inclusion by creating and maintaining an anti-bias and anti-racist environment in athletics and in our wider communities.
According to the NCAA, its NCAA Division II Achievement Award recognizes “initiatives of the past year that exemplify Division II philosophy, community engagement and student-athlete leadership.”
Shippensburg was one of seven finalists selected by the NCAA as an overall winner for submitting a strong nomination that was not chosen as the official entry to its member conference. Bloomsburg’s “Protect Our Pack” initiative was the selection submitted by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
According to the national press release, a committee of athletics administrators has determined this year’s finalists, and the Division II National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) selects the winner, who will be announced during the session. Division II business on January 22 at the 2022 NCAA convention.
Each finalist will receive $ 500. In addition, the winner will receive $ 2,500, the first finalist will receive $ 1,250 and the second finalist will receive $ 1,000. All cash prizes are intended to be used for future SAAC initiatives or community engagement events.
This is the first time that Shippensburg has been selected as a finalist since 2016 (SAAC’s Don’t Say campaign). SU was also a finalist in 2015 (SAAC Special Olympics “Fun Meet” series). SU was also recognized as a finalist by the NCAA for its Excellence in Community Engagement Award in 2011 (MentorSHIP and Kid’s Night Out), 2010 (Special Olympics “Fun Swim” Meet) and 2009 (“Jam the Gym”).
The ONESHIP home page for Shippensburg is available at https://shipraiders.com/sports/2020/7/30/oneship.aspx.