What is SAAC?
SAAC is a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee comprised of student athletes to discuss their experiences in the college setting. This committee voices their concerns and gives suggestions about the various laws governing their NCAA institution. SAAC was first developed in 1989 to review issues affecting collegiate student athletes. This initial goal has progressed into SAAC members assisting in the review of NCAA proposed legislation and serving as the voice of student athletes at national meetings. The overall mission of SAAC remains the same "… to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image."
Josh Merck (Cross Country Coach)
What is the purpose of SAAC at Marymount?
SAAC has a variety of purposes at Marymount. Here are a few listed below:
- Promote communication between athletics administration and student athletes
- Disseminate information
- Provide feedback and insight into athletics department issues
- Generate a student athlete voice within the campus athletics department during the formulation of its policies
- Build a sense of community within the athletics program involving all athletics teams
- Solicit student athlete responses to proposed conference and NCAA legislation
- Organize community service efforts
- Create a vehicle for student athlete representation on campus-wide committees (i.e., student government)
- Promote a positive student athlete image on campus
Taken from SAAC pamphlet-www.ncaa.org