SAAC wraps inaugural JU student-athlete dance
Dressing up and using old tennis shoes as currency may not go hand and hand, but such was the case as the JU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted its inaugural athletics dance at the Kinne Center on Jan 8.

The committee encouraged JU student-athletes to donate shoes to get into the dance as a form of payment. They collected more than 130 pairs of shoes to be donated to communities surrounding the capital area of Nicaragua where there is a dire need for people to get their bare feet off the ground. A pair of flip flops will help prevent the contraction of disease due to the raw sewage running through the streets and disease-infiltrated insects.

"Being a part of JU's first athletic dance from start to finish was fun, hectic and truly a great experience overall,” said JU SAAC president Reba Stott. “We hope to see this new event turn into a favorite tradition here at JU for all the athletes to reunite after the long winter break and kick off the new semester with some fun. We also hope to use it as an opportunity to raise awareness about needs in the world that we can easily meet."

The dance was set to a Winter Wonderland backdrop, while the committee handed out their first royal honors of “Top Jock” to men’s soccer senior Wesley Lartey and “Sporty Spice” accolades to women’s lacrosse sophomore Rachel Hannon.

They also held a “Dance Off” between all Dolphin teams with five student-athletes from each squad performing to a throw-back song from the event DJ. The football group known as the “Jacksonville Boys” took home the honor.