Heartland SAAC Sponsors Successful Day of Giving Event

Heartland SAAC Sponsors Successful Day of Giving Event

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference hosted the inaugural HCAC Day of Giving on Wednesday, April 3 as part of NCAA Division III Week. All ten HCAC institutions participated in various ways within their own community by raising money for a charity of their choice or volunteering their time to a community organization.

Those institutions that collected donations raised more than $1,100, to benefit local and national charities. We are proud to announce that Hanover College raised $263.00 for House of Hope and the Panthers are the inaugural winners of the HCAC Day of Giving traveling trophy.

Manchester University and Transylvania University student-athletes donated their time supporting local organizations. The Spartans spent time at the local food pantry and thrift store, while the Pioneers volunteered at Sweet Blessing Cakes.

Below is a list of those partnerships and the funds that were raised.





Special Olympics Ohio



Kaitlyn's Cottage



Alaina Day Memorial Foundation






House of Hope


Mount St. Joseph

Forever 22 Scholarship



Vigo County Special Olympics


The HCAC has a special relationship with Special Olympics through the HCAC Unified Bowling Championship which will take place on April 7, 2019 in Indianapolis. Therefore, in addition to the funds raised, Bluffton University will be donating an additional $100 to Special Olympics Ohio, while Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology received a generous donation of $394 later in the week to benefit Vigo County Special Olympics.

"I could not be more proud of the student-athletes in the HCAC", stated Commissioner Maureen Harty. "At our Leadership Retreat in February we discussed the idea of a Day of Giving and the student-athletes ran with it and made it happen. They are excellent examples of the leaders that attend our HCAC institutions. DIII and the HCAC truly provide the ultimate collegiate student-athlete experience."

Division III Week is an opportunity for all individuals associated with an NCAA Division III institution to observe and celebrate the impact that athletics and student-athletes have on campus and in the surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct an outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment; athletic experience; or leadership/community service/campus involvement.

Related: NCAA Division III Home Page