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  • Division III athletics provides a well-rounded collegiate experience that involves a balance of rigorous academics, competitive athletics, and the opportunity to pursue the multitude of other co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities offered on Division III campuses.
  • Division III playing season and eligibility standards minimize conflicts between athletics and academics, allowing student-athletes to focus on their academic programs and the achievement of a degree.
  • Division III offers an intense and competitive athletics environment for student-athletes who play for the love of the game, without the obligation of an athletics scholarship.
  • Division III athletics departments place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators. The student-athlete’s experience is of paramount concern.
  • Division III athletics departments are dedicated to offering broad-based programs with a high number and wide range of athletics participation opportunities for both men and women.
  • Division III places primary emphasis on regional in-season and conference competition, while also offering 36 national championships annually.
  • Division III affords student-athletes the opportunity to discover valuable lessons in teamwork, discipline, perseverance, and leadership, which in turn make student-athletes better students and responsible citizens.
  •  Division III features student-athletes who are subject to the same admission standards, academic standards, housing, and support services as the general student body. The integration of athletics with the larger institution enables student-athletes to experience all aspects of campus life.
  • Division III encourages student-athletes to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them, both within and beyond athletics, so that they may develop their full potential as students, athletes, and citizens.
The NAIA, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is a governing body of small athletics programs
dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics. Since 1937, the NAIA has administered
programs dedicated to championships in balance with the overall college educational experience.
Each year more than 65,000 NAIA student-athletes have the opportunity to play college sports, earn
over $600 million in scholarships, and compete for a chance to participate in 26 national
NCAA/NAIA Contacts at Hart District high schools
Academy of the Canyons
Jerry Malkowski, programs coordinator
Canyon High School
Mayra Perez, counselor
Castaic High School
Jibri Hodge, counselor
Golden Valley High School
Patrick Geary, counselor
Hart High School
Linda Sarian, counselor
Learning Post Academy
Jillian Edmonson, counselor
Saugus High School
Gail Gasbarro, counselor
Salim Raza, counselor
Valencia High School
Kathy Rosenast, counselor
West Ranch High School
Dody Garcia, athletic director