by Stan McCormick, Director ofSports Information
After capturing the SIAC SAAC Citizenship Award in 2011, 2012 and 2013, the Albany State University Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) inducted new members and officers to continue its mission and goals for the 2013-2014 term. New members and officers were sworn in by Advisor Stanley McCormick at a recent induction ceremony.
“We are honored to welcome new members into our SAAC program. The 2012-2013 term was another banner year for SAAC, and we look forward to having a successful year this season,” said McCormick. “We have a great lineup of student-athletes, and we are confident that our program will continue its tradition of providing outstanding student-athlete services and community services.”
Cheerleading representative Brandie Hall was sworn in as president for the upcoming year. Golden Rams baseball player, Stephen Lightfoot, will serve as vice-president and Ashley Chunn, captain of the cheerleading squad, will serve as the administrative assistant for the second consecutive year. The treasurer and parliamentarian, respectively, are women’s softball player Ambrionna Atkism and men’s basketball player James Lodman, Jr. The male and female representatives are football player Marcavius Dudley, and women’s basketball player Kedeemya Cooper.
Other SAAC members are Jillian Anderson and Amber Gatling, who represent volleyball, and Eric Martin, who represents men’s basketball. Artisha Holston represents women’s basketball, and Cedric Ashe represents football. Also inducted were Kandis Banks, softball; Jared Arrington, baseball; Mario Barker and Elontavius White, men’s track & field; Morgane Rainwater and Olivia Traylor, women’s track and field and Keyanna Russell, tennis.
The SAAC will continue to form partnerships with other student-athlete organizations, including the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and Chi Alpha Sigma Student Athlete Honor Society, to create more opportunities for service. Banks will serve as the HPER spokesperson, while Cooper and White will represent Chi Alpha Sigma.
The SAAC is an NCAA-mandated committee made up of student-athletes from each sport and cheerleading who provide insight on the student-athlete experience and to offer input on the rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives at Albany State. The SAAC serves as a conduit of communication among student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators on issues to improve the student-athlete experience and promote growth and education through sports participation.
The ASU SAAC also sponsors several community service projects throughout the year, including Make-A-Wish Foundation and food and clothing drives. The group, which has been honored by the SIAC for its continuous work in the community for several years, was recently awarded the 2013 SIAC SAAC Citizenship Award. The award is presented annually to the program which has completed the most community service projects and other initiatives on their campuses and in their communities.
In addition, for the second year in a row, the ASU SAAC was a finalist for the NCAA Community Engagement Award.