NCAA Athletes Are Celebrated at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships Banquet
NCAA athletes celebrated their achievements and the love of competition at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships Banquet. The banquet was held May 21st at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Gordon Field House and gave student-athletes the best-possible kick-off to the Championships.
“The Championships Banquet is the commencing to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships,” said Seth McGuffin, the assistant track and field coach and marketing and sponsorships coordinator for Ohio Wesleyan University. “Each year student-athletes from across the country come to the banquet to kick-off the start of the second largest championship in the NCAA. Awards for both coaches and student-athletes are given as well as a keynote speaker and Hall of Fame induction. This year nearly 1,200 were in attendance for this year’s banquet.”
There were tickets used for the event, but these tickets weren’t standard. “Because this is an invite only banquet, each attendee received information on the time of the banquet and place of the banquet well prior to the championships,” said McGuffin.
The banquet was an amazing time for everyone involved. “This year’s event was spectacular!” said McGuffin. “Our catering crew ushered nearly 1,200 in attendance through our buffet lines in less than 22 minutes (a new record!). Our keynote speaker was a former Olympic Gold Medalist. The video presentation was a big hit with the student-athletes.”
The best part of the night was the presentation, said McGuffin. “The video presentation was a huge success and received great reviews,” he said. “Our keynote speaker got a standing ovation and we showed a video clip of his gold medal race which got ‘oohs and ahhhs’!
If you are creating your banquet or special event, McGuffin has some great advice. “Be sure to have a checklist from catering to seating to program timing,” he said. “If you do this checklist, you will be well ahead of the game. Create team leaders for each area so you are not overwhelming yourself.”
You can learn more about Ohio Wesleyan University’s athletes, the Battling Bishops, at their website. You can also follow the Battling Bishops and their upcoming events on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
What kind of banquets or special events are you creating for your team or organization?