JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Representatives from each Atlantic Sun institution met last week for discussions ranging from campus and community involvement and the betterment of the student-athlete experience to rebranding the conference and future NCAA legislation implications. The yearly SAAC meeting, Jan. 23-24, was held on the campus of the University of North Florida and men’s basketball’s Cartree Pettis and men’s soccer’s Jack Burns served as JU ambassadors.
The highlight of the event was the SAAC’s community service project where each participant dedicated two hours to cleaning up the shores of Jacksonville Beach.
“I’m extremely glad I was given the opportunity to attend such an important meeting,” said Cartree. “It really showed me how important SAAC was and the ways it can help our student-athlete community. I had fun.”
The mission of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being, and fostering a positive student-athlete image. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses.
“It was one of my best experiences as a JU athlete,” Burns said. “It made me realize how vital the student-athlete input is, and how our voice matters.”
The A-Sun Fall SAAC Meeting is scheduled for late September 2015, on the campus of Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.