Barton College named a 2019 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence finalist

Barton College, shown here with Landon Davis as a part of Team IMPACT, is one of 20 finalists for the 2019 Division II Award of Excellence.  Photo courtesy of Doug Page
Barton College, shown here with Landon Davis as a part of Team IMPACT, is one of 20 finalists for the 2019 Division II Award of Excellence. Photo courtesy of Doug Page

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Barton College is one of the 20 schools named a finalist for the 2019 Division II Award of Excellence, an honor recognizing campus and community engagement initiatives taken in the past year.

One of the highlights of the past year centered around the Bulldogs' Baseball Team and its participation with Team IMPACT.  During the fall, the squad signed Landon Davis, a local eight-year old with hemophilia who is now an official member of the team.  A ceremony with over 50 attendees took place on campus.

"Our program is humbled to be among the 20 finalists," said Barton College Head Baseball Coach Jim Chester.  "Landon (Davis) is a special part of our baseball family.  The impact he has made in a short period of time is bigger than any win or loss.  A special thank you to Barton (Director of Athletics) Todd Wilkinson and (Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance) Andrea Roca for taking the time to process the nomination."

NCAA Division II honors its members each year for conducting events that exemplify any of the six D-II attributes:  learning, balance, resourcefulness, sportsmanship, passion and service.  A committee of athletics administrators determine this year's finalists and the national NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will select the winner.  The announcement will take place at the Division II business session at the 2019 NCAA Convention on Saturday, January 26, in Orlando, Fla.

Each finalist will receive $500.00.  The winner will receive $1,500.00 and a football game or basketball doubleheader that will be featured in the 2019-20 regular season media agreement.  The first runner-up will receive $1,250.00 and the second runner-up will receive $1,000.00.  All prize money is intended for future community engagement events.

2019 Division II Award of Excellence Finalists
UC San Diego
Goldey-Beacom
Barton
Roberts Wesleyan
Arkansas Tech
Michigan Tech
Great Lakes Valley Conference
Walsh
Simon Fraser
Montevallo
Rogers State
Midwestern State
Missouri Western
Virginia-Wise
Pace
Southwest Minnesota State
Georgia College
Gannon
Regis (Colorado) and Colorado School of Mines
Coker