Edison, NJ - Twenty MAAC student-athletes met in Jersey City, New Jersey from April 13 -14 for the league's semi-annual Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meeting.
The two-day event gave the student-athletes an opportunity to meet peers from around the league. The group was given the opportunity to share ideas to improve SAAC and the overall student-athlete experience at their institutions.
As part of the meeting, the group participated in a volunteer activity. The community service initiative involved the student-athletes volunteering in Union Beach, New Jersey helping to demolish a house that was ruined by Hurricane Sandy. The student-athletes worked for over six hours gutting the entire first floor of the house. The group worked side-by-side with the homeowner and local volunteers from a construction company.
The homeowner said, “For a group of college kids to come in, who are student-athletes that have a busy life to take time out of their day to help strangers start to rebuild, it means more than you might think. It will definitely go along way.”
The semi-annual meeting took place the following day at Saint Peter’s University in the new Mac Mahon Student Center that opened last month. All 10 MAAC institution's as well as representatives from incoming members Monmouth and Quinnipiac were represented at the meeting, with Saint Peter's University baseball student-athlete Adam Purcilly serving as chair of the committee. Purcilly facilitated the SAAC meeting and gave an update from Division I National SAAC.
SAAC provides a voice for student-athletes regarding important issues that affect their college experience. These representatives establish connections with campus, conference and national level administrators to communicate insight on important issues on all levels including NCAA policies and regulations.
Andrew Edbauer, a junior swimming student-athlete from Canisius College noted about the weekend, “Coming into the weekend I really didn’t know what to expect. It ended up being fun; I got to meet a lot of new people. We went out and did the demo of the house from Hurricane Sandy and it was really cool for all of us to be able to give back to the community.”