Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Hosts Special Olympians

April 6, 2021
By: Curtis Fraser

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted nearly 40 athletes last month for the fifth-annual Special Olympics basketball event in the Wellness Center.

Rather than traditional 5-on-5 gameplay, the athletes took part in a skills competition that met COVID-19 guidelines. Drills included free throw shooting, three-point shooting, and an obstacle course.

“It was very exciting for all the Worcester State student-athletes that we were able to host the Special Olympics this year,” says SAAC President and two-sport athlete Gigi LeMay. “With everything that has happened this past year, it was great to see everyone come together for such an amazing event. We had to switch a few things up from the past to follow COVID-19 guidelines, but all of the student-athletes and competitors were still able to experience a fun-filled day with healthy competition. SAAC is already planning new ideas for next year’s Special Olympics tournament and as a community we could not be more excited.”

“Each year, I am impressed with our student-athletes and their success with this event,” says SAAC advisor Kelly Downs. “They enjoy hosting Special Olympics and providing them with a fun, yet competitive, atmosphere. Even with COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines this year, our athletes were so excited to host the Special Olympians. It was fun to see everyone together giving back to the local community.

SAAC is an NCAA initiative with the goal of enhancing the student-athlete experience on campus. Every NCAA institution has a SAAC, as well as every conference.

“Each committee is made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience and offer input on the rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives on campus,” says the NCAA on its website.

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