By Jillian Johnson
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at California Baptist University works to not only enhance the experience of student-athletes, but aims to demonstrate leadership on campus through hosting fundraisers, reaching out to the community and providing a way for the student body to support Lancer athletics.
Two student representatives from each sport are appointed by their coaches to be a part of SAAC. The committee totals 40 student-athletes who meet every other Sunday.
At the meetings, the committee discusses team concerns such as any malfunctions regarding athletic facilities on campus, such as broken showers in the men’s soccer team’s locker room.
“The purpose of SAAC is to represent the student-athletes on campus and to bring athletic awareness to campus,” said SAAC Vice President Mitchell Spezzaferri, senior psychology major.
The committee also proposes various ways to raise money for the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Foundation, which is this year’s charity of choice.
“We have made a goal to raise $2,000 for the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Organization,” said SAAC President Christina Young, senior kinesiology graduate student. “Each athlete will be participating in community service with his or her team. We are reaching out to the homeless in the area, some elderly care homes, as well as local high school athletes.”
SAAC relies on the student body of CBU as they work to lead students.
“CBU students should know about SAAC because their opinion is valued and needed,” Young said.
In an effort to raise funds for charity, promote Christ-like leadership and encourage school spirit, SAAC serves a distinct role on the CBU campus.