MEAC SAAC Holds Annual Meeting
NORFOLK, Va. — The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held its annual meeting on Nov. 3-4, at Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel.
Student-athletes from all 13 MEAC member institutions came together to gain insight on professional development, discuss their effectiveness as campus leaders and engage in community outreach.
SAAC President Miriam Duen opened up the Fall Meeting welcoming all attendees and advisors. Followed by an introduction of the guest speakers for the evening.
DJ Washington of Athlete Network and Amy Bennett of Disney Campus Recruitment conducted a session on the expectations employers have from student athletes. The discussion included a host of topics in reference to professional development and ended with a question and answer session.
Saturday morning the dynamic duo of Lamarr Pottinger and LaTrese Barker led a discussion on tackling challenges through leadership. SAAC representatives partook in an intense tournament-style rock, paper, scissors battle, were challenged to self-identify as a spirit food, and ended the discussion with a task to break through a challenge in front of them in the form of a block of wood.
After the discussion, national SAAC representative Samantha Casarez addressed fellow SAAC members and provided updates from Division I National SAAC. Assistant Director of Compliance & Championships Wyatt Sutton led an open discussion on MEAC Championships and addressed questions, concerns, and suggestions student-athletes may have to enhance the championship experience going forward.
After lunch, Dorian Edwards, Campus Coordinator for Project Life Movement and former student-athlete, spoke to the group on how they can host events to increase the potential pool of bone marrow and tissue donors by testing and registering fellow students. Edwards presented Howard head football coach Mike London’s Call to Order video to inspire the students to answer the call.
The student-athletes spent a portion of their afternoon packaging bags filled with hygiene products and school apparel collected by each SAAC board. SAAC representatives also handwrote letters to the recipients of the bags to wish them Happy Holidays. Linda Jones of Union Mission Ministries Shelter in Norfolk was presented the donations at the conclusion of the 2017 SAAC Community Service Project.
Before the day ended the SAAC representatives collaborated on ideas for their 2018-19 SAAC Initiative and narrowed it down to the following:
1) Better nutrition for student-athletes;
2) Building more leaders through the implementation of leadership workshops;
3) Working together to give back more through all the HBCUs.
The students and staff wrapped up the event at Norfolk Waterside District with dinner and a chance to mingle before returning to their respective institutions to share all they acquired.