Arkansas Tech University was among 17 institutions from around the country that received the NCAA Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence on Monday, May 23.
According to a news release from the NCAA, the NCAA Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence "recognizes Division II institutions that successfully build bridges with the communities in which they are located."
Arkansas Tech was honored for its year-long "Project: Feed Arkansas" campaign that it carried out during the 2010-11 academic year.
The project engaged student-athletes with their community by raising awareness of hunger in Arkansas. Food items and monetary donations were accepted at Tech athletic events throughout the academic year and then donated to the Arkansas Rice Depot.
One of the "Project: Feed Arkansas" events took place on Tuesday, Oct. 19, when members of the Arkansas Tech volleyball team wore special orange jerseys (photographed). Orange is the color of hunger awareness, and the jerseys were auctioned off following the match to benefit the Arkansas Rice Depot.
One of the 17 award winners from D-II conferences around the country will be chosen as the national NCAA Division II Community Engagement Award of Excellence winner during a conference in Indianapolis on June 2.
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