Springfield, Mass. - December 12, 2018 - Springfield College junior Shamar Martin (Hartford, Conn.) was selected to attend the 2019 NCAA Division III Student Immersion Program this January in conjunction with the NCAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. Martin was one of only 40 Division III student-athletes accepted into the program.
While in Orlando, Martin, who is a member of Springfield's football team, will participate in programming specific to student-athletes and will have the opportunity to attend the legislative voting session. In addition, the Sport Management major, along with the other attendees, will receive DiSC training, and participate in welcome and debrief meetings. The goal of the Immersion Program is to build a pipeline of talented ethnic minority candidates, with an interest in Division III coaching and/or administration, in an effort to ultimately diversify the division.
This is the third-consecutive year that Springfield College has had a student-athlete selected for this unique opportunity, as Marlowe Scott traveled to Indianapolis last year and Nick Ruiz attended the national convention in Nashville in 2017.
"We try to instill a culture among our student-athletes of taking advantage of opportunities presented to them and I'm proud of Shamar for doing exactly that," said Springfield College Director of Athletics, Dr. Craig Poisson. "It speaks volumes that NCAA administrators have chosen a student-athlete from Springfield College to attend the national convention for the third-straight year, and Shamar is a tremendous representative of his peers and our institution. I'm confident that surrounding himself with athletic administrators at this years Convention, and applying what he's learned in the classroom as a sport management major, will help Shamar continue his trajectory towards a promising future."