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The Department of Athletics at the University of North Georgia strives to enrich student-athletes with academic knowledge, refined athletic ability, and caring and respect for the surrounding community. One part of the athletics mission is to help our student-athletes develop into complete citizens and professionals. Our entire athletic department staff of administrators, coaches and athletic trainers make our community engagement initiatives a top priority each year. The people of Dahlonega and surrounding communities give so much to help make UNG athletics successful, and they care so much for the student-athletes that we strive to show our appreciation.
Our student-athletes use community engagement as a tool to help build the foundation of the NCAA’s Life in Balance campaign. We are honored to be a part of this NCAA Division II priority. Division II is committed to developing students and communities by actively engaging in shared experiences and, therefore, has targeted community engagement as a strategic priority. These stories reflect our strong commitment to the overall experience of our student-athletes and to the important roles of service, leadership and respect, and how these attributes contribute to their total experiences at UNG. Community engagement also allows for the community that supports our endeavors on the courts and fields to see the players and coaches from a more personalized perspective.
Athletics is sometimes referred to as the “front porch” to a college or university, since the institution’s athletics programs and events often are what the surrounding community interacts with most.? That philosophy has become a hallmark of Division II, especially since many Division II schools are located in smaller, tightly knit communities in rural and urban areas. Division II athletics programs actively engage with their communities, which not only helps drive attendance at athletics contests but also fosters relationships between student-athletes and community members and develops more of a shared civic experience.
For Division II, community engagement is much more than just community service. That sense of engagement is achieved when the athletics program truly interacts with both its campus and regional communities.? The Division II membership has successfully integrated community-engagement initiatives into game days, championships events and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee meetings.