April 7, 2018

My #WhyD3: Hanna Hembrow (Husson)

The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) 10 member institutions are participating in the NCAA Division III Week (April 2-8), which is a celebration of the division’s unique philosophy that equally values academics, athletics and student-athletes’ involvement in a full and rich campus life. Division III Week provides an opportunity for all individuals associated with a Division III institution or conference to recognize the powerful impact of athletics on their lives, their campus and the surrounding communities.

Throughout Division III Week, the NAC will be releasing a daily feature titled "My #WhyD3." The conference has gathered a variety of individuals willing to answer some questions relating to their personal Division III experiences. The NAC will feature a variety of conference members, from current and former student-athletes to faculty members to administrators and coaches.

Follow all of the DIII Week stories being told across the country by checking out the Twitter hashtag #D3week and if you want to tell a Division III story of your own, use the Twitter hashtag #whyd3.

Saturday, April 7, My #Whyd3: Hanna Hembrow (Husson)

  • Tuesday, April 3, My #Whyd3: Aaron Smith (Castleton) & Paige Carter (UMaine-Farmington) - click HERE
  • Wednesday, April 4, My #Whyd3: Curtis Warren (Colby-Sawyer) & Lexie Walker (Lyndon) - click HERE
  • Thursday, April 5, My #Whyd3: James Black (Johnson FAR) & Mark Marsolais (Thomas FAR) - click HERE
  • Friday, April 6, My #Whyd3: Megan McLean (Maine Maritime) & Matt Richard (New England College) - click HERE




Name: Hanna Hembrow
Institution: Husson University
Major: Physical Therapy
Class: Sophomore
Varsity Sport: Women’s Volleyball
Hometown: Milford, New Hampshire

What does being a Division III student-athlete mean to you?

  • Hembrow: “Being a DIII athlete is special because unlike DII and DI athletics, we don't receive any scholarship money for competing in our sport. With that being said, you know that every athlete at a DIII institution truly loves the sport, and is playing for the love of the game.”

How do you balance being a student and an athlete, while maintaining your grades?

  • Hembrow: “Being an athlete actually helps me stay on top of all of my schoolwork. When I know I have lift or practice, it forces me to have to plan my day out so that everything gets done.”

What do you believe are the most important skills to possess when trying to excel on the “field” and in the classroom?

  • Hembrow: “Accountability is one of the most important skills that one should have for both the classroom and on the field. Holding yourself accountable for your own school work is the same as holding yourself and your teammates accountable for showing up to practice on time, working your hardest at lift, sprinting your fastest during conditioning. Giving 50% is not an option if you want to succeed, and that goes for anything in life. Being accountable is the understanding that what you put into something, is what you're going to get out of it.”

Are you involved on your campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)? If yes, why do you believe the formation of this committee is important?

  • Hembrow: “I am the President of the Husson University SAAC and will serve as the NAC SAAC Secretary next year (2018-19). This committee is especially important because we are composed completely of athletes, and work together to promote, celebrate, and be the voice of all Husson athletes. SAAC also brings all teams together, which can increase communication between sports, faculty and coaches.”

Is there any advice you would give to your peers or aspiring collegiate student-athletes that you believe would help them benefit more from their collegiate experience?

  • Hembrow: “Student-athletes should always be supportive of each other. Something that makes Husson Athletics so special is that we have a small family/community here. All of the athletes support each other and truly care about everyone succeeding. With that said, always stay supportive of your peers, your teammates and yourself.”

Beyond your sport, what are you most passionate about?

  • Hembrow: “Beyond volleyball, my future career in Physical Therapy is extremely important to me. This is something that I have wanted to do for years, and being around people with the same vision as me is not only motivating but uplifting. We put in a lot of work, and we have a long way to go which makes the journey tough, but it is worth it.”

What are your plans after graduation?

  • Hembrow: “After graduation, I want to obtain my licensure and immediately start working in a clinic as a Physical Therapist. I also hope to keep volleyball in my life as a club or high school coach.”

More information on Division III Week:

For resources regarding NCAA Division III Week click HERE.

Any institutions that are celebrating DIII Week should submit their activities to the NCAA by clicking HERE.

Division III Week is a positive opportunity for all individuals associated with Division III to observe and celebrate the impact of athletics and of student-athletes on the campus and surrounding community. During the week, every Division III school and conference office is encouraged to conduct a type of outreach activity that falls into one of three categories: academic accomplishment; athletic experience; or leadership/community service/campus involvement.

During NCAA Division III Week, every member institution and conference is encouraged to schedule at least one activity, which celebrates an aspect of the Division III student-athlete experience, from these three categories:

  • Academic accomplishment, including activities such as taking time during a game to acknowledge student-athlete academic achievement, or asking teams to select a faculty member to serve as a guest coach for a practice or competition.
  • Athletics activity, including conducting events such as a youth sports clinic or competition, or scheduling recognition of school teams’ or individuals’ athletics accomplishments during a game.
  • Community or campus outreach, such as scheduling a community-service activity during the week, or participating in an event involving a local chapter of Special Olympics as part of Division III’s partnership with that organization.

Follow all of the DIII Week stories being told across the country by checking out the Twitter hashtag #D3week and if you want to tell a Division III story of your own, use the Twitter hashtag #whyd3