Campbell's Lauren McNamara-Clement was one of just 32 players chosen nationwide for the NCAA's new group that helps women's basketball student-athletes address trying issues.
INDIANAPOLIS— The NCAA has announced the formation of a Division I Women's Basketball Student-Athlete Engagement Group with Campbell senior Lauren McNamara-Clement joining the group as a representative for the Big South Conference.
The coalition, which was formed in collaboration with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), will serve as an amplifying voice for women's basketball on key initiatives, legislation and various issues.
"I'm thankful for the opportunity to represent Campbell University and the Big South," McNamara-Clement said.
"To be part of a group of student-athletes who represent women's basketball across the country is special. We all share a similar lifestyle. This amazing space has been created to embrace but also discuss specific items surrounding what it means to be an NCAA Division I women's basketball athlete."
The organization will have a direct connection to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and will also serve as a conduit of information from and to the WBCA.
Student-athletes were nominated through the WBCA Division I Conference Captains program. Each captain submitted the name of a player from their conference who they believed would be a good representative for all women's basketball players in their conference.
The term of service for each student-athlete will coincide with athletics eligibility for competition. Two student-athletes will be selected to be representatives on the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Oversight Committee.
McNamara-Clement has already met virtually with the group to discuss women's basketball topics.
"It's encouraging when the administrators on the calls emphasize that they're available to listen to us as student-athletes," she said.
"Multiple administrators, both at Campbell and at the Big South, have stressed that people are listening to the voices of student-athletes more than ever and I believe that this group is doing just that. I anticipate that I will continue to connect with fellow athletes on the calls and advocate for the entire NCAA Division I women's basketball world."