BABSON PARK, Mass.—Following the announcement of its hall of fame induction class, the Babson College Department of Athletics and Recreation is releasing plans for a Celebration of Champions, its marquee event over Back to Babson weekend as part of the College's Centennial celebration inside the new Babson Recreation and Athletics Complex (BRAC) on Friday, September 20.
In addition to the five NCAA Division III national championship teams being inducted into the Babson Athletics Hall of Fame, the evening will celebrate the historical success of the department while christening the new state-of the-art $52 million facility. Babson, which boasts 22 varsity programs, has won nearly 100 conference titles and made more than 125 national tournament appearances in its history.
"Being able to recognize the achievements of so many along with the rich history of athletics at Babson inside our spectacular new facility during the Centennial celebration should make for an incredible evening," commented Pamela P. and Brian B. Barefoot Senior Director of Athletics and Athletics Advancement Mike Lynch. "We are thrilled to honor our five national championship teams and excited to acknowledge the success of all our programs across the department as part of this event."
The success of the Beavers has reached new heights over the last decade with 33 conference championships and 68 national tournament berths. In addition to its national championship in 2017, men's basketball reached the national semifinal in 2015 and the Sweet 16 in 2016, and field hockey became the first women's program to advance to a Final Four in 2016. Both men's ice hockey and women's basketball reached the national quarterfinals twice, women's volleyball won a regional title and advanced to championship weekend in 2018, and after two straight regional finals in 2017 and 2018, baseball earned a berth in the Division III College World Series in 2019.
Following the Celebration of Champions reception will be the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which for the first time since its formation in 1991 the committee selected the department's five national championship teams as its 2019 class. The 1975, 1979 and 1980 men's soccer, 1984 men's ice hockey, and 2017 men's basketball teams will become the Hall of Fame's newest members, joining 71 individuals who have been enshrined over the last three decades.