Florham administrators hear Shaq speak at NCAA Convention
College at Florham Provost Peter Woolley, Director of Athletics Bill Klika, Student Athletic Advisory Committee President Catherine Krawiec, Associate Director of Athletics Jenn Noon and Associate Director of Athletics Roger Kindel pose for a photo during the NCAA Convention. (Photo courtesy of Jenn Noon)
College at Florham Provost Peter Woolley and Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) President Catherine Krawiec joined representatives of the Florham Athletic Department at the NCAA Convention in Texas last week.
The convention in Grapevine, Texas ran from Jan. 16-19. Representatives from Division III universities from across the country gathered at the conference for advisory meetings, a keynote address, an association lunch, Special Olympics activities and issues panels.
The group from FDU was fortunate enough to hear an address by retired NBA player Shaquille O’Neal and a talk by para-Olympic ski medalist Bonnie S. John. On the first day of the conference, the FDU representatives played tennis with Special Olympics athletes.
Krawiec had the opportunity to work with Special Olympics athletes (above) and hear famed basketball player Shaquille O’Neal speak at the NCAA Convention (below).
Krawiec chronicled her convention experiences each day in a mini-blog, concluding, “The endless meetings and piles of information were overwhelming, but it was an experience that I will never forget and cannot wait to share not only with the SAAC at FDU, but also with the rest of the members of the Mid-Atlantic Conference SAAC.”
The Student Athletic Advisory Committee “promotes an exchange of thoughts and viewpoints from both athletes and the Athletic department,” according to the University website.
The NCAA is the nation’s largest collegiate athletics governing body, awarding 47 national championships yearly and encompassing over 1000 institutions, about 450 of which compete at the Division III level.