The SAAC is a group of dynamic student-athlete team leaders who collaborate, trust each other, complement on another, and share common goals that produce extraordinary results. The men and women of SAAC strive to make a difference in the lives of others through motivation, inspiration and a commitment to achieve success through the pursuit of excellence.
Our main goals in achieving this include:
- Foster communication between athletic adminstration student-athletes, and teams.
- Offer feedback and insight into athletic department issues.
- Generate a student-athlete voice in the formulation of athletic department policies.
- Build a sense of community within the athletics program involving all athletic teams.
- Encourage active involvement of student-athletes for community service projects.
- Promote a positive image of athletics on campus by celebrating and generating excitement for our unique community of high-achieving student-athletes.
History of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
An Association-wide SAAC was adopted at the 1989 NCAA Convention and was formed primarily to review and offer student-athlete input on NCAA activities and proposed legislation that affected student-athlete welfare.
The initial national committee was comprised of student-athletes from all membership divisions for the purpose of ensuring that the student-athlete voice was one that accounted for the myriad of educational and athletics experiences of both female and male student-athletes at all NCAA member institutions. In August 1997, the NCAA federated along divisional lines. The federation caused the SAAC to expand to three SAAC representing NCAA Divisions I, II and III.
Each national divisional committee is comprised of both female and male student-athletes charged with the responsibility of assisting in the review of NCAA proposed legislation and representing the voice of the student-athlete in the NCAA governance structure. This is accomplished by providing student-athlete input on issues related to student-athlete welfare that are division-specific. (Federation has increased student-athlete participation in the governance process of intercollegiate athletics by increasing the number of SAAC members from the former Association-wide committee of 28 student-athletes to a sum total of 79 members serving on the national Divisions I, II, and III committees).
The input of the respective Divisions I, II and III SAACs continues to be sought by a variety of constituencies within the Association. Student-athlete committee members have the opportunity to speak with their respective NCAA Management Councils, and the Divisions II and III SAAC continue to speak to legislative issues on the NCAA Convention floor.
National SAAC at a glance:
* Generate a student-athlete voice within the NCAA structure.
* Solicit student-athlete response to proposed NCAA legislation.
* Recommend potential NCAA legislation.
* Review, react and comment to the governance structure on legislation, activities and subjects of interest.
* Actively participate in the administrative process of athletics programs and the NCAA.
* Promote a positive student-athlete image.
The purpose of SAAC is to enhance the total student-athlete experience.