This week marks the fourth annual NCAA Division III Week, and SimpsonAthletics.com is here to highlight three of Simpson's finest student-athletes. These individuals not only excel on the field, but in the classroom, on campus and in the community. Some have multiple majors. Some play multiple sports. Whatever their niche, these student-athletes represent the best of what Division III has to offer.
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Today, we share the story of basketball player, MacKenzie Haupt.
A junior from Clarion, Iowa, Haupt is proof that hard work and dedication lead to success. After averaging just 5.2 points per game in her first two seasons on the basketball team, Haupt led the Storm in scoring in 2014-15, averaging more than 10 points per game while earning Second Team all-Iowa Conference accolades. An athletic training major, Haupt earned the prestigious Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Australia this summer.
- Name - MacKenzie Haupt
- Major/Minor - Athletic training major with minors in coaching and psychology
- Activities - Women's basketball, SAAC
- Awards/Honors - All-Iowa Conference Second Team (2015), Gilman Scholarship Recipient (2015)
- Future Plans - Become a certified athletic trainer
Why did you choose Division III and Simpson in particular?
I started playing basketball as soon as it was offered in school and loved it ever since. I chose Simpson because I loved the basketball program, campus, and location.
What opportunities have you had as a Division III student-athlete that have made your experience special?
I have really enjoyed getting to know and become friends with my teammates and travel to places I never would have if I wasn’t a student athlete.
What is your favorite memory as a Division III student-athlete?
Going undefeated in Florida this December and having a great time with my teammates.
In your own mind, what does it mean to be a Division III student-athlete?
To be a Division III student-athlete means that we play the game because we love it, but still value getting a good education.
How has Simpson helped you succeed in the classroom?
Simpson has given me the opportunity to do things that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. Simpson has helped me grow as a person and lead me down a path in line with my career aspirations.