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Notre Dame College Athletics Department Wins NCAA Award for Lenten Service Progr
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Notre Dame College Athletics Department Wins NCAA Honor for Lenten Service Program

Notre Dame College has placed No. 2 in the country with its athletics-led 40 Days of Lent, 40 Days of Service project.

The College was recognized as the second place winner during the recent First Annual NCAA Division II Award of Excellence national athletics honors program.

Notre Dame earlier won the 2013 Award of Excellence for the Mountain East Conference, which placed them as a finalist for the national honor. 

The award is presented for an activity or event that exemplifies excellence in any of the areas covered by the six attributes of Division II—learning, service, balance, passion, sportsmanship and resourcefulness.

During the 40 days of Lent last year, Notre Dame student-athletes completed 41 acts of service and raised over $1,700 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. All 24 of the Falcon athletic teams completed a service activity, amassing a total of more than 350 community service hours. The events included campus and community advocacy events and activities that raised awareness and money for other charitable causes as well, including breast cancer awareness and the United Way.

The project was conceived by the College’s Student Athletics Advisory Council (SAAC) to challenge student-athletes to engage with the campus and wider community through service activities.

"We are very proud to be recognized at the national level for the efforts of our student-athletes and campus as a whole," said Director of Athletics Scott Swain. "At Notre Dame College we do not only compete for national championships on the field, but we want to be the best in terms of community service. We look forward to repeating this project this year."

This year, the 40 Days of Lent, 40 Days of Service project will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 5, and continue until Holy Thursday, April 17.