Orlando, Fla. - The Alma College women's lacrosse program was recently presented with the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Team Community Awareness Award for NCAA Division III at the annual 2018 IWLCA Honors Banquet.
The Team Community Awareness Award recognizes outstanding contributions by one team from each division on their campus and in their local community. Out of over 290 Division III women's lacrosse programs, the Scots compiled 741 community service hours, the most of any DIII women's lacrosse program during the 2017-18 academic year.
"It's an absolute honor for our program to be recognized for an award of this caliber," said Head Coach Ashley Johnson. "Serving generously is one of the pillars in Alma College's mission statement and our program has truly embraced it with such passion. While we don't serve others for awards, I am very proud of our program for this recognition because it incorporates the values of Alma and emphasizes what we are able to do on and off the field. This incredible group of student-athletes is always eager to help and have really made community service a key element of our team's culture."
James Madison University (Division I) and LIU-Post (Division II) were also recognized for their work in the community.
The women's lacrosse team has previously been presented the Coach Brown Memorial award by the athletic department for the Alma College athletic team that served the most total community service hours during the school year as well as the Outstanding Commitment to Service Award by Alma College as the campus group that displayed the largest commitment to community service.
Alma College athletics was awarded the 2018 Team Works - NCAA Community Service Division III Champion award for the NCAA DIII athletic department with the most community service hours (1,900 hours).