Wesleyan Uses NCAA Ethnic Minority & Women's Internship Grant to Enhance Athletic Training Staff
The beneficiary of an NCAA grant to support ethnic minority and women's internships, Wesleyan University has hired Gwenn Lanouette to enhance its athletic training staff for the next two year as the NCAA grant extends through May, 2015.
"We [Wesleyan] feel fortunate and privileged to have received the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant," said Wesleyan Director of Athletic Injury Care Joe Fountain. "Gwenn Lanouette rose above all other candidates for this prestigious position afforded to Wesleyan University athletics by the NCAA’s Leadership Development unit. Gwenn has already proven to be a worthy recipient. Along with receipt of the grant comes the responsibility to afford Gwenn the opportunities to grow and develop as a valuable and vital member of our athletics department. Professional growth opportunities that exist on and off campus will be a core component of Gwenn’s experience during her tenure at Wesleyan. Combined with real work experience, Gwenn’s ascendancy along her career path with be enabled by this grant.”
“I’m excited to be working here at Wesleyan University through the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minorities and Women Internship Grant," said Lanouette. "I want to make a career out of collegiate athletic training, and this position has given me the opportunity to gain valuable experience in my chosen field. I also have the chance to work with strength and conditioning while I’m here. I hope to learn a great deal in that area, and use that skill throughout my career."
A native of nearby Waterbury, Conn., Lanouette received her undergraduate degree from Keene State College in 2012 and earned her Master's degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2013.
NCAA Division III strives to be a dynamic and engaging group of colleges, universities and conferences of varying sizes and missions, committed to an environment that encourages and supports diversity and inclusion, values fairness and equity, and places the highest priority on the overall educational experience of the student-athlete in the conduct of intercollegiate athletics.
To facilitate this effort, Division III continues to support the internship grant program with its member institutions and conference offices, to provide monetary grants for those institutions and conference offices seeking to create professional administrative opportunities for minorities and women, and to enhance diversity and inclusion within their athletics administrative staffs.