The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) serves as an organization to bridge communication between student-athletes and administration, as well as lead community service initiatives and provide opportunities for personal growth and leadership development for all Pioneer student-athletes. SHU SAAC gives our student-athletes a voice on our campus, at the conference level, and with the NCAA. It aligns with the mission of National SAAC, which is “to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image.” To learn more about the structure of National SAAC, please follow this link.
SHU SAAC is comprised of an Executive Board and representatives for each of our 33 teams. In providing a voice for our student-athletes, the group votes on responses to the NCAA regarding proposed legislation, actively participates in discussions regarding the student-athlete experience with the Northeast Conference SAAC group, and gives all student-athletes an opportunity to express ideas to enhance the student-athlete experience and presence on campus.
SHU SAAC is also dedicated to making an impact on our community. The group provides volunteer opportunities that foster personal growth and leadership development and facilitates several fundraisers and awareness events for many causes throughout the year. In doing so, SHU has won the NEC Building Communities Award in six of the seven years of the award’s existence, recognizing our Pioneer student-athletes as doing the most volunteer hours amongst all NEC schools.
Some of SHU SAAC’s most important community service initiatives include mentoring and classroom assisting throughout the Bridgeport Public School District, “Ending Hunger Games” in support of the St. Charles Parish Thanksgiving Food Drive, supporting the NEC’s primary charity - the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation – by raising funds through “NEC Money Wars,” supporting Food Rescue USA at New England Chowdafest, and participating in awareness events such as the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and the MS Walk. In doing so, SAAC seeks to support the Sacred Heart University Mission, which includes educating students “in mind, body, and spirit to prepare them personally and professionally to make a difference in the global community.”