Dec. 20, 2011
STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recently completed their fall semester community service initiatives. The committee, which meets on a monthly basis, includes representation from all of UConn's athletic teams and is led by Chelsea Peitz of the women's swimming and diving team, who serves as the SAAC President.
SAAC continued the tradition of its annual Talent Show, which took place on Tues., November 8 in Gampel Pavilion. The show included performances by underclassmen from a number of athletic teams and raised approximately $500 for the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program. The winner of this year's talent show was the women's track and field team, who took home the title for the second year in a row.
SAAC also coordinated a number of charitable drives this semester, starting with the Winter Wear Drive on Sat., November 5 at the football game vs. Syracuse. Approximately 700 coats and winter accessories were collected and delivered to The Cornerstone Foundation in Rockville, Conn., the Windham Area Interfaith Ministry in Willimantic, Conn., and the Salvation Army in Hartford, Conn.
Thanksgiving Food Drives were also held at the men's basketball game vs. Wagner on Mon., November 14 and the women's basketball game vs. Pacific on Tues., November 15. SAAC combined efforts with the university-wide food drive that was coordinated through the Office of Community Outreach. Approximately 1,400 food items were collected at the designated basketball games and added to a total of 2,531 items that were donated to the Manchester Area of Council and the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic, Conn.
SAAC concluded the semester with a Holiday Toy Drive at the women's basketball game vs. Texas A&M on Tues., December 6 and the men's basketball game vs. Harvard on Thur., December 8. A record-number of toys were collected and delivered to The Cornerstone Foundation, Windham Area Interfaith Ministry, Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hartford, Conn., and the Human Services Department in Coventry, Conn.
Student-athletes from baseball, men's track and field, women's track and field, women's lacrosse, women's rowing, softball, men's swimming and diving and women's swimming and diving, served as volunteers for the drives and were instrumental in the coordination process, including the collection and delivery of donations.
Along with our volunteers, the generosity and support from the UConn fans helped make each drive a success. On behalf of all of the organizations and families that benefited from the donations, SAAC would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the UConn fans for their contributions!