NCWU Awarded NCAA Grant

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – North Carolina Wesleyan University has been awarded the NCAA Ethnic Minorities and Women’s Internship Grant. This grant is designed to provide financial assistance to the division’s member schools and conferences that are committed to enhancing ethnic minority and gender representation in entry-level, intercollegiate athletics administrative positions. These positions should include exposure to a variety of the following areas: strategic planning, budget management, fundraising, campus and NCAA compliance, sport oversight, student-athlete welfare issues and initiatives, academics, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and staff oversight/ management.

The NCAA grant is for $33,000 annually for a two-year contract totaling $66,000, including $3,000 for professional development.

NC Wesleyan’s specific grant position will start Fall 2024 and hold the title “Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Intervention and Student-Athlete Support”. This position will work together with support services from across campus to serve student-athletes. A requirement will be weekly meetings with students, particularly focusing on academic success and strategies for first-year students. The position will additionally impact leadership opportunities and experiences to support student-athletes.

From left: Aaron Denton, Vice President and Director of Athletics; Kelvin Spragley, Director of Teacher Education/Coordinator of Diversity And Inclusion Programming; Carol Carson, Assistant Athletic Director for Student Welfare; Joe Lane, Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs

Aaron Denton, NCWU Vice President and Director of Athletics, expresses, “We are appreciative the NCAA recognizes NC Wesleyan’s commitment to both supporting our student-athletes and to working hard to build experiences and opportunities for women and minorities in athletics. This funding will have an immediate impact on the academic success of our student-athletes. It is truly an exciting time at NC Wesleyan.”

Anyone interested in the position of Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Intervention and Student-Athlete Support, visit our careers page and apply.

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