Category: Athletics

MWC Fall/Winter Athletics Update

Dear Lawrentians, 

It is with continued sadness that I write to share the news that the Midwest Conference Presidents’ Council and the Midwest Conference COVID-19 working group have announced today that it would not sponsor league competition, including championships, for all fall and winter sports during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Sports impacted by this decision include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, and volleyball. Conference-wide decisions for men’s and women’s hockey and fencing are still pending, but the sense is that these sports will move in a similar direction.   

You can read more about the decision on the Lawrence University Athletics website.

There is no question that our disappointment continues. Just as we did in the fall, this decision is a result of a thoughtful and thorough process to evaluate whether or not competition would be feasible in our current climate, with the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff always at the forefront of our thinking and decision-making process. Unfortunately, the current trends in public health do not support a safe return to play and are actually in a more tenuous place than they were when this decision was made in the fall. The landscape of the recommendations from the NCAA regarding resocialization of sport continue to evolve and the testing protocol for high-risk sports provide many challenges.  

While it’s very apparent that sport is an integral part of who our student-athletes are and not just something in which they participate, the next phase of our work for our fall and winter sports will focus on ways in which we can provide a meaningful experience for our fall/winter athletes during the winter term.  The good news, you ask?  As a department, we had a relatively safe fall athletic experience.  It is our intention to find ways to continue to move forward.  While we will continue to follow CDC guidelines, Midwest Conference protocol as well as the NCAA resocialization of sport document, we intend to pursue opportunities that allow us to practice in some of the more traditional ways that we are accustomed to.  In doing so, if our internal behaviors continue to be positive and the external environment progresses in a positive direction from a health and safety perspective, we may even find opportunities to participate in scrimmages against others, minding the diligence all involved would need to pay to our Pledge and all other parameters. 

We intend to remain very hopeful for our spring sports (baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field).  In most cases, the NCAA categorizes our spring sports as more moderately risky than higher risk.  The next phase of work for our spring sports will begin to focus on the ways in which we can do sport in the spring safely.  This is another space where we can focus on the positive with the hopes of moving forward in a meaningful way. 

I know we were all hoping for more opportunities in January of 2021, but with the health and safety of Vikings and all Lawrentians as our top priority, we believe this was the best decision. Even though our teams won’t be competing this winter, we will move forward in safe ways to practice sport in the manner that it was intended. While this time in our history has certainly provided its own set of challenges, much can be learned by facing such adversity.

Be well,  
Kim Tatro
Director of Athletics

2019 Lawrence Vikings Hockey Golf Outing

Come out to support the Lawrence University Men’s Hockey Team at their first annual program golf outing.

  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 High Cliff Golf Course Sherwood, WI
  • 4-person scramble
  • 10 A.M. shotgun start

Dinner, cocktails, team prizes, hole prizes, raffle, and silent auction to follow golf!

All proceeds directly benefit the Lawrence University Men’s Hockey program.

Dodgeball Tournament

Saturday, April 13th at the Wellness Center

Check in starts at 11:30 AM, $20 per team due at registration

5-6 people per team (5 maximum allowed on court at once)

Double elimination: 1st and 2nd place will win gift baskets!

LU students, faculty and staff are all welcome to participate

You must email littlevikeslu@gmail.com with team name and roster by April 10th to participate

D3 Week April 1-7

D3 Week April 1st-7th: We will be celebrating D3 Week next week. Join us in celebrating all things Division 3!

Monday, April 1st D3 Spotlight – Academics and Athletics

·         Check out our website and social media for stories

Tuesday, April 2nd D3 Trivia

·         Stop by the table in Warch from 11:30-12:30 to answer D3 Trivia

Wednesday, April 3rd LU Vikings Gear Day

·         Wear your LU gear!

Thursday, April 4th Lunch & Learn with SAAC

·         Eat lunch with members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in Andrew Commons from 11:15-12:15 and hear about the D3 experience

Friday, April 5th Student-athlete D3 Selfie Scavenger Hunt

·         Teams of three will compete to complete the scavenger hunt the fastest

·         Rules meeting and team organization begins at 2:15 in the lobby of the Wellness Center

Saturday, April 6th Cheer on our baseball team as they take on St. Norbert College

·         Games are at 12:00 & 3:00

The Crowdfund for Lawrence Athletics

Each of our 21 NCAA Athletics programs is looking to fund individual projects that are focused on enhancing the student-athlete experience. In the spirit of March Madness, each team will compete for donor support. The overall goal is to beat the number of donors last year’s crowdfund had and reach at least 650 donors by April 2. 

Don’t want to wait until March 27 to support our student-athletes but still want to be counted in the crowdfund? No worries, if you make your gift today we will still count you in our donor totals once the crowdfund officially launches. 

Annual Canned Food Drive

Members of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee will be visiting the academic buildings as well as administrative offices to collect donations for their Annual Canned Food Drive this next Thursday, November 8th during convocation hour (11:00-12:00).

All donations, cans or money, will be accepted and given to Blessings in a Backpack,  a non-profit organization that feeds school children in the United States who currently are fed during the week on the federally funded Free and Reduced Meal Program and are at risk of going hungry on the weekends. Anything that you are willing to contribute is appreciated.

If you are not going to be available during that time but would like to donate, please feel free to leave donations with a colleague who will be available, or email madeline.a.maclean@lawrence.edu to set up an alternative time for pick up.

Thank you! And Go Vikes!

NCAA DIVISION III WEEK

In honor of Division III week, the Athletics Department invites all faculty and staff to dress in Lawrence University gear on April 3rd, 2018.

WHAT IS DIVISION III WEEK?
Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with a Division III institution to observe and celebrate the impact 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. Division III Week is a strategic initiative that achieves its desired impact from a unity of effort. It harnesses everyone working toward the same goal at the same time to build a greater awareness and understanding of Division III athletics.

Visit the Athletics Online Store this week!

The new Lawrence University Athletics Online Store has been open for business for a short time, and the closing date for the first round of orders is Friday, Aug. 18. Please go to vikings.lawrence.edu and click on the banner for the store. You will find a large selection of apparel for men, women and children. Items will be delivered in about three weeks after the closing date.

LU softball team back for another Polar Plunge

The Lawrence softball team is returning for its fourth straight Polar Plunge to support Special Olympics.

On Saturday, Feb. 18, the Vikings will jump into Lake Winnebago. Anyone interested in donating to the cause can make a tax-deductible contribution online.

Last year, the softball team raised more than $4,500, and it’s hoping to surpass that amount this time around.