30 Iowa Conference titles
PELLA—Central College football running back Josh Osborn (junior, Burlington) attended the 2014 NCAA Convention Jan. 15-18 in San Diego, Calif., an opportunity made possible by the NCAA’s Strategic Initiatives Grant.
The grant, which was issued to the Iowa Conference by the NCAA, is designed to provide opportunities for ethnic minorities to attend professional development events, such as the national convention. Osborn was nominated for consideration by Central.
“It meant a lot to receive the opportunity to attend the convention,” Osborn said. “It shows that people and coaches at Central think highly of me and I’m extremely grateful. It was a great experience and an honor to be selected.
“It was an incredible trip. I met great people and representatives from the Iowa Conference and the NCAA. It’s something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
Conference commissioner Chuck Yrigoyen ensures the proper use of the NCAA funds and offers the opportunity to member schools. Additionally, he makes travel arrangements and serves as a chaperone to the selected student-athletes.
“We began sending student-athletes to the NCAA Convention three years ago and it has turned out to be a memorable experience for all of them,” Yrigoyen said. “It’s very rewarding for me personally to get to know our young men and women. This was certainly the case with Josh, who has been one of our shining stars on the football field.”
Representatives from all three NCAA divisions met at the convention to discuss and vote on key topics in higher education and intercollegiate athletics. The convention also features divisional meetings, educational sessions, facilitates governance decisions and celebrates the success of student-athletes.
“I attended meetings where the NCAA was making different administrative decisions for all divisions,” said Osborn. “There were a lot of interesting discussions, but the one I found most interesting was whether Division III student-athletes should sign national letters of intent.
“It was neat to experience the process.”
Osborn was named first-team all-Iowa Conference after finishing second in the league in rushing with 936 yards on 185 carries (93.6 yards per game). He finished third in all-purpose yards with 1,318 (131.8 per game) and fourth in scoring touchdowns with nine.
The NCAA Division III allocated $2.49 million to conferences to administer educational programs and services in support of the Division III strategic plan. The grant was intended to encourage collaboration and involvement in planning, decision-making and accountability of programming at the local level.