What do seven-time NBA All-Star Jack Sikma and three-time World Series champion Scott Brosius have in common? What about Super Bowl-winning linebacker London Fletcher and Olympic gold-medalist sprinter Andrew Rock? Or how about NFL MVP quarterback Ken Anderson and two-time All-Star pitcher Jordan Zimmerman?
Though D-III schools — like Webster University — cannot offer athletic scholarships to student-athletes (unlike their D-I and D-II counterparts), the above list demonstrates the quality of athletes this level has produced. The third division is actually the NCAA’s largest, as it is composed of about 180,000 student-athletes from nearly 450 colleges.
But since Division-III student-athletes don’t receive financial compensation for their athletic contributions, what’s the point? Or, perhaps more to the point, what’s the value of Division-III athletics? This five-story package, reported and written by Josh Sellmeyer, BA ’13, MA ’13, aims to answer that question. Included in this package are stories about...