MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) gives voice to all student-athletes at GC through the influences of the 21 coach-nominated student-athletes.
SAAC allows student-athletes to vote and express their opinions and concerns about NCAA legislation, rules, regulations and policies that affect all student-athletes' lives, enabeling information to be relayed between all conference campuses.
Allowing the students to vote on the NCAA legislation “gives them a voice, their input actually makes a difference,” said Student-Athlete Advisory Committee advisor and assistant director of athletics Ginger Chaffinch.
At the beginning of the school year, each coach nominates two members to represent each sport as part of the committee. Ideas, likes and concerns are bounced around at the monthly meetings run by the nominated President and Vice President. Shanteona Keys (basketball) was nominated as 2012-13 President with Wictor Anderson (tennis) and Allison Lones (cross country and basketball) as Co-Vice Presidents. Cross country’s Victoria Dobson was named the secretary.
The concerns and legislation edits are sent to the college president who will then meet with their respect SAAC advisor to discuss changes that the student-athletes propose. Each NCAA Division II level college president gets to vote based on the feedback and reports from their respected school at convention.
An overall mission is to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the NCAA Division II’s philanthropy. In the previous years the money has been raised with the help of other on-campus organizations and people through small fundraisers at ballgames, 3k races and varied events.
For the second-straight year, $1,000 of the total proceeds made at the 12th Annual Milledgeville Open and Kids Tennis Festival hosted by GC Athletics will be donated towards the cause.
2012-13 SAAC Members
Robert Armstrong – Men’s Basketball
Ryan Blumenthal – Men’s Basketball
Kayla Barksdale – Tennis
Wictor Andersson – Tennis
Patrick Garrett – Golf
David Sullivan – Golf
Philip Laskey – Cross Country
Tucker Forbes – Cross Country
Victoria Dobson – Cross Country
Allison Lones – Cross Country
Enisha Donley – Women’s Basketball
Shanteona Keys – Women’s Basketball
Daniel Bick – Baseball
Jake Sandlin – Baseball
Lacey Najafi – Softball
Kristen Humphries – Softball
Haley O’Hayer – Soccer
Susan Lotyczewski – Soccer
Ally Barys – Soccer
Leah Flynn – Dance Team
Carly Reineri – Dance Team
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