Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: November 14, 2011
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Every athletic program across the country has a SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee). These committees play a huge role in developing NCAA rules, as well as promoting community service activities and developing leadership skills in our student-athletes. Monica Anderson, Katie Mroczenski and Leah VanZeeland represent the Green Bay volleyball team on SAAC this year. Leah writes about the experience below:

By Leah VanZeeland

As a member of the Green Bay volleyball team, I have had the opportunity to be on SAAC. SAAC is the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. It is a committee made up of student-athletes from all teams to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. It also offers input on the NCAA rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes' lives. Every men's and women's athletic team is represented on SAAC. Each team has two team representatives. We meet once every three weeks to talk about upcoming events and anything that is going on at the time. We also talk about community service opportunities that we want to promote within our teams.

The volleyball team is in charge of the annual blood drive that takes place on campus in November. We organize the event which means we need to publicize it as well as staff it with student-athlete volunteers. We put flyers in the student mailboxes encouraging them to sign up. We also get to go board blitzing! We get to go into all the classrooms and write on the dry erase boards telling students to give blood! Then on the day of the blood drive, we volunteer to work at the event and help the Red Cross any way we can - giving blood donors instructions, sitting with them after they give blood, and my favorite part - giving them cookies! Even though we can't give blood because of practice, it is great to be involved in the event. Donating blood is extremely important and it makes us feel good that we can do our part to help.

Being on SAAC I also get to meet other student-athletes, and learn about their sports! SAAC promotes a sense of community among all the teams at Green Bay so at meetings we always get to catch up on how teams did since we met last or talk about upcoming games that we can attend to support our fellow student-athletes. This year, SAAC introduced a fun way of getting students to athletic events called Phoenix Phanatic.  Any time students go to a sporting event they get points on their ID and students with the most points at the end of the year win prizes.  We love seeing students and other athletes at our games so we are glad that they get to not only see some awesome volleyball but also get the chance to win prizes!

SAAC is an important part of our experience, as student-athlete, here at Green Bay. It promotes community service. It is important for us as student-athletes to give back to the community. It extends our Green Bay volleyball family to our Green Bay athletics family. Who better knows the commitment it takes to be a Division I student-athlete than our fellow student-athletes so support needs to start from within. And finally, SAAC develops leadership. We are not only the future leaders of our team and of our campus, but the future leaders of our community. SAAC puts us in a position to develop those leadership skills.

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