Feb. 13, 2008
In an effort to highlight the leadership and good works of the student-athletes in the conference, the ACC SAAC began the SAAC in ACCtion initiative to provide on-line articles about the SAAC programs at the league's 12 member institutions. The goal of this initiative is to shed light on the great things our student-athletes are doing to affect significant positive change on campus and in our communities.
Every two weeks, the SAAC leaders from a different school will provide a SAAC in ACCtion update on how their program is getting involved. When reading these articles, we hope that it is evident that their efforts to give back result in so much more.
"We are dedicated to excellence in the classroom and on the field, but you'll never see us slack or not work hard for a goal. We're a very hard-working, very meticulous group, and I'd like people to know that about us."
What is the overall goal of Florida State's SAAC?
How is Florida State's SAAC set up?
Can you talk about that community service focus?
We're actively involved in Relay for Life and (also) Special Olympics within the Tallahassee community. I'd say those are our bigger ones, but any time something pops up in the city of Tallahassee, we're always ready. We get involved with mentoring and tutoring for the FCAT, which is a standardized test that every high school student in Florida needs to take. We also have mentoring programs that include something called P.H.A.T. Tuesdays, which is Peers Helping Athletes Transition. It's a freshman orientation where the senior student-athletes come every Tuesday to discuss issues with the freshman relating to college life, study time, social life, things that kids need to hear when they enter college.
Are there certain programs that tend to be the favorite among student-athletes to participate in?
What events are planned for the current semester?
Sportsmanship is something we've talked about very much. Whenever we travel to different schools, we bring back ideas. For instance, when we played Wake Forest this year in football, we saw on their Jumbotron before the game that they had students talking about what sportsmanship means to Wake Forest athletes. They (used) an acronym (relating to sportsmanship) out of "Demon Deacon". We thought that was very nice. A lot of other student-athletes have come back to SAAC and said the same thing - that we want to incorporate something like that to tell people what Florida State represents, what we stand for, and that we honor sportsmanship. We've been working very diligently on that issue and it's been coming along pretty well.
What issues do you feel SAAC has had an impact on in the past?
I graduated high school a semester early in December 2005, and came to Florida State in the spring of 2006. John Lata (in the student services department) here must have read about me or heard about me from my recruiting trip and thought I'd be a great asset to SAAC. He told me to come to a meeting to observe and watch how it was run, and I loved it. I loved the interaction between the student-athletes, I loved the fact that it wasn't just one sport dominating, it wasn't just one person dominating. It was a collective environment and I really liked it, so I became a member (and am now) the vice-president.
How do you think your time on Florida State's SAAC will help you after graduation?
If there was something you'd like the public to know about Florida State's SAAC or the student-athletes, what would it be?