Stevenson University will host the 2013 NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championships at Mustang Stadium. The semifinals will be held on Saturday, May 18 with the championship games on Sunday, May 19.
The semifinal games will be held on Saturday beginning with Division III and Salisbury and Middlebury beginning at 10:30 a.m. Following that game will be the second Division III semifinal which features defending national champion Trinity (CT) and SUNY Cortland at 1:30 p.m.
On Friday, all four teams will participate in giving back to the community through Special Olympics. At the morning session, teams will work with about 40 participants from Lake Elkhorn Middle School. In the afternoon session, teams will work with 36 middle school aged participants from The 13th Girl Foundation which is a 501c3 non-profit providing an opportunity for teenage girls in Baltimore to be involved in a sports team, while also learning a variety of life skills.
The Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Special Olympics have formed a partnership to improve the lives of Special Olympics athletes and foster a mutual learning experience between Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes.
In conjunction with this partnership, four Special Olympic Athletes (Jenny Herrmann, Nicki Nalesnik, Shannon Smith, and Erin Strevig) will be adopted by one of the four participating Division III teams and serve as the honorary captains throughout the tournament. In addition, each athlete and their families, as well as the Regional Director for Special Olympics, have also been invited to attend the banquet which honors the teams participating in the Semifinal and Championship games.
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This article was written by Special Olympics Maryland