NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Regional Champions to Visit Erie Area Schools

Posted: March 21, 2014

Local youth will get a chance to meet some of the nation's top student-athletes up close next week when teams, fans and media converge on Erie, Pa. for the 2014 NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Elite Eight hosted by Gannon University and the Erie Insurance Arena.

As part of the NCAA Division II Community Engagement initiatives, the eight regional champions participating in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight will visit local area schools throughout the day on Monday, March 24.

Each individual team will bring a message to the school's students about teamwork, loyalty, academics and commitment. The student-athletes relate to the youth what it means to be a student-athlete and tips on becoming successful on the court and in the game of life. The visits also include games and activities with the teams and students.

"Our Gannon student-athletes have been fortunate to participate in the community engagement in 2010 in St. Joseph, Ind. and 2013 in San Antonio, Texas," said Gannon Director of Athletics Mark Richard. "It's always one of the trip's highlights. The teams have as much fun if not more than the students. And the message they bring has a great effect on our youth. This is yet another great aspect of the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Elite Eight and its effect on our community."

Last season, the Gannon women's basketball team visited Kazen Middle School in San Antonio, Texas as part of its Elite Eight trip. Video of the community engagement can be found here. One of the highlights included the Lady Knights performing a Harlem Shake with the students, which can be viewed here. A photo gallery of the event can also be viewed here