NEWMAC Joins Division III in Officials’ Appreciation Week

NEWMAC Joins Division III in Officials’ Appreciation Week

WESTWOOD, Mass. - The NEWMAC is celebrating "Officials' Appreciation Week" along with all other Division III conferences. This is a nationwide initiative to recognize and thank conference officials across all sports.

Officials' Appreciation Week will be celebrated during the 2022-23 winter and spring sport seasons. The winter appreciation week will take place at home events of each NEWMAC institution from January 23 to January 29. On Thursday, January 26th the NEWMAC will be spotlighting three long time NEWMAC officials in men's and women's basketball and men's and women's swimming and diving.

The commitment of NEWMAC officials and referees to safe, fair and competitive contests is a critical part of the student-athlete experience.

"It's important to acknowledge, recognize and appreciate all of our officials and what they do for our sports. They are an integral part of intercollegiate competition and without them we could not play. I look forward to celebrating Officials' Appreciation Week and to continue the hard work the NEWMAC and the DIIICA has done around officiating" expresses Executive Director, Patrick B. Summers. 

Officials' Appreciation Week is one of numerous initiatives that are being implemented as part of the Division III Commissioners Association (DIIICA) Strategic Plan for Collegiate Officiating that was created as a result of the DIIICA's Strategic Analysis of the State of Collegiate Officiating. The NEWMAC continues to show commitment to officiating at the national level, as Executive Director Patrick B. Summers championed both these projects as chair of the Division III Commissioners Association Officiating Committee and continues to serve as a member of the committee today. 

DIII Officials' Appreciation Week is being held in conjunction with Division II conferences across the country. The effort is designed to recognize officials for the important role they play in competition across all sports.

The spring 2023 Officials' Appreciation Week will be celebrated the week of April 3 to April 9.