Representative of Athletics Interests
Franciscan University is committed to upholding the NCAA Division III rules and regulations regarding donations to the Athletic Department. From the NCAA Division III Manual:
13.02.9 Representative of Athletics Interests. A “representative of the institution's athletics interests” is an individual who is known (or who should have been known) by a member of the institution's executive or athletics administration to:
(a) Have participated in or to be a member of an agency or organization promoting the institution's intercollegiate athletics program;
(b) Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of that institution;
(c) Be assisting or to have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes;
(d) Be assisting or to have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or
(e) Have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution's athletics program.
13.02.9.1 Representative of Athletics Interests. Once an individual is identified as such a representative, the person retains that identity indefinitely.
NCAA Division III: NCAA Division III programs must offer at least six sports for men and six for women, except that institutions will enrollment under 1,000 students may offer five sports per gender. The institution must sponsor at least three team sports for each gender. The school also must have participating male and female teams or participants in the fall, winter and spring seasons.
Franciscan University has 16 sports (9 women and 7 men).
Total NCAA Division III membership: 432 institutions. The largest of the NCAA's three divisions.
What does NCAA Division III Offer?: Division III athletics offers student-athletes the opportunity to become well-rounded individuals who successfully integrate athletics and academics. Student-athletes are integrated into the student body, and they experience the full range of what Franciscan University has to offer.
Division III athletics departments place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators. The student-athlete's development of character and their recognition of their identity in Christ is of paramount concern.
Division III athletics feature athletes who receive no financial aid related to their athletics skills and athletics programs that are staffed and funded like any other department in the university. Division III athletics encourages the development of sportsmanship and positive social attitudes. Coaches and players treat each other with respect, and administrators work to foster a positive competitive environment.
Division III athletics is committed to providing equitable athletics opportunities for both genders and gives equal emphasis to men's and women's sports.
Division III athletics encourages participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletics opportunities available to student-athletes, placing primary emphasis on regional in-season and conference competition.
(parts of copy pulled from NCAA.org)