LCU student athletes are making their mark in the Lubbock community as they continue to transition into the NCAA and enter their third year of having a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
This year’s committee, overseen by SAAC administrator Becca Walters, is composed of 11 athletes: Amy Edwards (VB), Tyler Rodgers (MBB), Haley Burton (WBB), Ashton Bell (SB), Carsten Russell (MXC), Gladys Miranda (WXC), Shanae Ammons (WG), Caleb Stewart (MG), Jamie Boone (WSOC), Cameron Lugo (MSOC), and Ryan Rodgers (BSB).
The committee is required by the NCAA. One student athlete from each team is selected by coaches to serve on the committee.
“SAAC is [getting] the teams more involved on campus and [giving] student athletes a voice,” SAAC president and LCU Women’s Volleyball player Amy Edwards said.
SAAC members carry the voice of LCU athletes across campus by meeting with other student led committees and involving themselves with student activities.
The committee also leads various fundraisers. In fact, the NCAA requires at least $600 to be raised and donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation, and, this year, LCU student athletes are going above and beyond for Make-A-Wish.
SAAC, along with the efforts of fellow student athletes and various donations, have already raised $11,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation and hope to reveal a wish on campus, which requires $8,000. With the help of Make-A-Wish North Texas, the wish could be revealed to a child in early spring.
And, because SAAC is ahead in its fundraising, they hope to reveal two wishes if they hit the $16,000 mark.
“It’s going to be really exciting,” Edwards said.
SAAC and LCU student athlete involvement doesn’t just stop with the Make-A-Wish fundraising. The athletes have volunteered at children’s hospitals, read to children at schools, and the like.
“The student athletes we have representing LCU are top notch, and for them to give a face to the community to see … shows that there are a lot of facets to these kids. They aren’t just coming here to play sports,” Walters said.