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The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) consists of one representative
from each of the six sports. The representatives can be appointed by the coach or
elected by the members of the team.
The purpose of the SAAC is to provide a mean of communication from student athletes
to the athletic administration. The SAAC will provide feedback to the
administration on issues critical to student-athlete welfare. The athletic
administration shall seek input from the SAAC regarding NCAA rules changes and
Student-Athletes Take the Plunge for Special Olympics
The Blue Angels will also being working with the Special Olympics on the "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign. The hope is to eliminate the use of the word "retarded". The Blue Angels hope to help spread this campaign campus wide and into the community.
Student Athletes Strive to Make a Difference
Division III athletics within the NCAA created a nation-wide Special Olympics Initiative for SAAC leaders. The NCAA website states: "The purpose of the partnership is to improve the lives of Special Olympics athletes through their involvement with Division III student-athletes and to foster a mutual learning experience between Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes." The Blue Angels' experience on Saturday was just that.
The Blue Angels had over 20 student-athletes volunteer along with several coaches. Each of their experiences were different, yet equally rewarding.
Stacy Holmberg, a three sport athlete at Mount Mary (volleyball, basketball, and softball), worked with an athlete named Mallory who was disabled and needed crutches. Stacy helped Mallory by assisting her bowling with a ramp. Mallory bowled extremely well earning her first place in the state meet. Stacy commented: "When Mallory heard she won, she began to scream and cry. She bowled really well and thanked God." Stacy continued to explain that she became very attached to the experience, loved it, and would like to do it again.
Ashley Leverenz, also a three sport athlete at Mount Mary (soccer, basketball, and softball), enjoyed her experience with the Special Olympic athletes as well. Ashley worked with an athlete named Andy who earned 2nd place in his division and continually gave Ashley high fives. Following the day, Ashley stated: "It was so fun. I wish we could do this every week!"