RiverHawks take advantage of student-athlete advisory committee
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RiverHawks take advantage of student-athlete advisory committee

Published 11/28/17

Emily Osborne

TNE Writer

A student-athlete advisory committee is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience.  The NCAA has this program in colleges all across the US. It was first formed in 1989 to help student-athletes have input on the rules that affect their everyday lives.

Each national divisional committee is made up of both female and male student-athletes. There are two or three members from each RiverHawk team. The responsibilities of the group include: assisting in the review of NCAA proposed legislation and representing the voice of the student-athlete in the NCAA.

SAAC is new to the RiverHawks. The group has been meeting for two years on campus, but this is the first year they are recognized as an organization on campus. 

“I joined this group midseason, but I have already had the opportunity to help plan events for the community,” said Emily Seiler, women’s soccer sophomore defender from Rogers, Ark. “We get the chance to reach out to our community and to people on our campus, and we get to have a voice in what we like and dislike about our programs.”

This group puts on events to raise money for organizations like the Red Cross and Make-A-Wish.

“My favorite part of being a part of this group  so far would have to be putting on the events that help us raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” said Bailey Weeks, men’s soccer redshirt sophomore defender from Shawnee, Kan.

This semester alone the group has organized a dunk tank for the Red Cross, sponsored a truck-or-treat for the children in the community and passed out buckets for donations toward causes, such as Hurricane Harvey, at each NSU home game

“I have been involved in SAAC since my sophomore year,” said Meg Smith, women’s soccer junior goalkeeper from Flower Mound, Texas. “This organization is awesome because it gives us, as student-athletes, an opinion on rules and also the opportunity to host some pretty cool events to raise money for a good cause.”

 Each summer the NCAA puts on a league-wide conference for the student-athletes to attend and learn to work together as one unit. NSU had representatives go to this summer.

“We have a league wide conference for the MIAA, which is held in Kansas City each summer,” said Weeks.  I was lucky enough to be one of the representatives last summer for NSU. Our main focus going into the conference is how can we make SAAC better for each school and also how we can successfully spread the #Wecare initiative.”

This organization is helping RiverHawk teams unite for one cause. This has made a difference in how the teams support each other and root each other on in their own individual sports.

“This group has made me realize that uniting people to work together can be very powerful,” said Weeks. “Having all the different sports teams supporting one another and working as a unit can make a big difference.”

This group will continue to make changes in the lives of student athletes on campus and throughout the NCAA. The group has many more things planned for the rest of the school year for the community and for the students on NSU’s campus.

To keep up to date with the events going on, follow @RiverHawksSAAC on Twitter.

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