Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Shows Why It’s Southland Strong

first_imgThe mission of the Southland’s SAAC is to provide a platform through which student-athletes from member institutions may be heard on issues concerning student-athlete welfare, national and conference rules and regulations, community service, sportsmanship, and personal development. They focused on mental health awareness, career development and life after college, diversity and inclusion, and better communication. Southeastern Louisiana women’s soccer student-athlete Caroline Lee, who serves as the Southland Conference national SAAC rep, said, “It’s been really incredible for me to be here over the course of the past couple years, seeing all the different campus SAACs grow and develop. These leaders are making such a big difference in their athletic departments. Being a part of national SAAC is wonderful, but being here at this retreat with the conference really means so much to me. Being around my fellow Southland student-athletes is really awesome.”Below is a list of the SAAC members who were in attendance at the Southland meeting:Megan Paul, Abilene Christian (Women’s Soccer)Breylin Smith, Central Arkansas (Football)Andre Walker, Houston Baptist (Football)Ese Akpoyoware, UIW (Men’s Track & Field)Jade Lewis, Lamar (Softball)Isabel Huntsman, McNeese (Women’s Golf)Nicole Broussard, New Orleans (Women’s Track and Field)Emily Venable, Nicholls (Volleyball & Beach Volleyball)Megan Lohmiller, Northwestern State (Volleyball)Noah Steele, Sam Houston State (Men’s Golf)Caroline Lee, Southeastern Louisiana (Women’s Soccer)Mallory Dotson, Stephen F. Austin (Women’s Track & Field)Giana Wright, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Women’s Basketball)Natalie Shock, Advisory Council Representative (Central Arkansas, Senior Woman Administrator) The SAAC representatives came into town Sunday and began the retreat with a trip to The Star in Frisco, located just a few blocks from the Southland headquarters. The student-athletes received a tour of the facility, which houses the Dallas Cowboys offices and practice areas and hosts numerous other events.On Monday, the student-athletes spent the morning working with Habitat for Humanity of Collin County to renovate a home for a deserving family. They continued team building that evening with a cooking competition and prepared dinner at Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference hosted its annual Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meeting at the league’s office in Frisco earlier this week. Tuesday’s meeting concluded a three-day retreat for the SAAC representatives from each of the conference’s 13 member institutions. ABOUT THE SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE Closing in on six decades of service, the Southland Conference continues to be a model of innovation, stability and consistent achievement as it celebrates the academic and athletic accomplishments of its member institutions and more than 4,200 student-athletes.  The Southland operates within a structure of shared core values by its membership: Excellence, Student-Athlete Focused, Integrity, Diversity and Inclusion, Sportsmanship, and Fiscal Responsibility.  Founded in 1963, the Southland Conference has transformed itself into a dynamic and respected consortium of 13 comprehensive universities in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, including Abilene Christian University, University of Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist University, University of the Incarnate Word, Lamar University, McNeese State University, University of New Orleans, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Sam Houston State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  The Southland sponsors 19 championship sports at the NCAA Division I level, and is the host conference for the annual NCAA FCS National Championship game in Frisco, Texas.  This year’s meeting included a review of their community service time and outreach. The group agreed to continue its Southland Gives Back initiative that emphasizes need around the holidays. Several Southland schools will maintain relationships with such organizations as Toys for Tots and Angel Tree, in addition to finding others to partner with in 2019. The SAAC also selected a Southland Conference Week of Service that will be held Feb. 9-15, 2020, on each campus. #SouthlandStronglast_img read more

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