2020 CMS Annual Report

On the evening of March 11th, I walked out on the arena floor in Roberts Pavilion to address our spring student- athletes and let them know that we had suspended spring sports because of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I could feel the sadness and disappointment in the room as I delivered the message, but I was blown away by their grace, perspective, and love for their teammates as they took in the news. At the time I remember feeling so grateful to work with such incredible student-athletes, coaches, and staff. I knew we would all support each other as our campus and communities began to navigate this health crisis. During these past five months, the CMS family has continued to prove me right with its agility and resilience. I watched our head coaches, as members of our physical education faculty, seamlessly convert their PE courses to online fitness opportunities while also continuing to lead their teams virtually. Our Recreation staff took virtual recreation by storm and not only supported our students, faculty, and staff, but also opened up our programming to the greater CMS community, engaging with alumni, parents and fans. The CMS Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) pulled together for social media campaigns for DIII Week in April and Mental Health Awareness Week in May. Despite a year of unprecedented challenges, our Scholar-Leader-Athletes gave us plenty to celebrate on the courts, fields, course, pool, and classroom: • 5 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans: Jacob Mays ’22 (Soccer), Miles President ’20 (Basketball), Nicole Tan ’20 (Tennis), Thomas D’Anieri ’20 (Track/Cross Country), Zack Rossman ’20 (Water Polo) • CMS athletes had a cumulative GPA of 3.58 for the 2019-20 academic year. • 6 CMS teams won SCIAC regular season championships, 2 teams won SCIAC Postseason Tournaments, 8 teams advanced to Division III National Championships and 13 teams ranked in D-III top-25 at the end of year. • 3 National Athlete of the Year Award Winners: Nikolai Parodi ’20 (ITA Division III Men’s Tennis Senior Athlete of the Year), Catherine Allen ’20 (ITA Division III Women’s Tennis Senior Athlete of the Year), Justine Leong ’23 (ITA Division III Women’s Tennis Rookie of the Year) • 38 All-Americans We know we will be faced with many unknowns during the upcoming academic year, but I am confident we will continue to push forward with the same grit and vision for excellence as was demonstrated over the last several months. As we start the fall semester, CMS coaches and staff have three goals: • Serve as a resource to our student-athletes and support their mental and physical well-being as they navigate the semester. Our two main areas of focus for the department this academic year will be Student-Athlete Mental Health as well as Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion as part of CMC’s Presidential Initiative on Anti-Racism and the Black Experience in America. • Bring value to all three of our campuses through virtual PE and Recreation programming. • Support our CMS team—coaches, staff, and student-athletes—with tremendous compassion and teamwork. As we transition to the spring semester, we will continue to focus on creating safe and meaningful training and competitive experiences, and build a solid foundation for transition to a successful 2021-22 academic year. Thank you for your support of the Athenas and Stags and for being part of the CMS community. I am a proud AD. ERICA PERKINS JASPER William B. Arce Director of Athletics, Physical Education, & Recreation and George R. Roberts Fellow DEAR CMS COMMUNITY, TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome............................................ 2 Scholars.......................................... 3-4 Leaders. ............................................ 5 Athletes......................................... 6-11 Department News. ............................12 Health & Wellness.............................13 Your Impact in Action....................... 14

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