JU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee participates in back-to-school drive

Aug. 22, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After leaving its mark on the local community last season, the JU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) started the 2007-08 season by donating school supplies to the Daniel Memorial "Back-to-School" Drive last weekend.

To kick off the upcoming academic semester at JU, SAAC raised money and took donations for the second consecutive year. Purchases various school supplies with the donated money and dropped off the items at the Daniel Memorial campus on Aug. 17.

"I have enjoyed my time working with Daniel Memorial," said director of student-athlete development Casey Cohen. "Along with the SAAC and the student-athlete population, we hope to keep doing more and more for an organization with such a great cause."

Over the past two years, JU Athletics has chosen to work with Daniel Memorial, Florida's oldest child-serving agency that assists troubled youth and their families. Each summer, Daniel has a back-to-school- supply drive for children desperately in need of basic school items as the new school year arrives.

SAAC was recognized for its work in the community last year by the JU Campus Activities Office at the Leadership Awards Night, an event recognizing organizations who have accomplished great things on the JU campus.

SAAC took home "Best Community-Service Event" by raising $1,400 for the American Cancer Society with the Dolphin Jocktion. The event was a student-athlete auction in which players from each athletic team was bid on by the student body.

Vice President Matt Dobbins also earned the "Dolphin Award" for his special contributions to the University in the areas of leadership and service through participation in campus activities.

SAAC was also nominated for "Most Improved Club/Organization" and Cohen received a nomination for "Outstanding Advisor".

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