The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is composed of at least two student-athletes from each of the University of Florida’s 17 Varsity Sports. Brad deBorde, Men’s Swimming, is in as president for the 2013-2014 school year with Summer Stephens, Women’s Swimming, as Vice President. Planning for the 2013-2014 SAAC and school year began mid-summer with E-Board and SAAC Meetings.
SAAC members serve as some of the eyes and ears of the University Athletic Association in Student-Athlete affairs. They are the liaison between their teammates and the Athletic Staff.
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On August 20th the Student Athlete Advisory Council participated in their annual SAAC Retreat in the Champions Club. The retreat kicked off with a scavenger hunt around campus, members were broken up into pre-established groups and given a list of activities to complete. The scavenger hunt gave the members a chance to practice teamwork and get acclimated to one another again. After the completion of the scavenger hunt and winners were announced, agendas were passed out, and a short meeting ensued.
Twenty-nine SAAC members from eleven different sports attended the SAAC Retreat giving the members an opportunity to start the year on the same foot. President Brad deBorde and Vice President Summer Stephens took members through the agenda which included: an assessment of the previous school year’s SAAC initiatives, introduction to SAAC events, and new action items. New to the SAAC Retreat agenda was the continuation of committees, a discussion on higher attendance expectations for SAAC Representatives, as well as the implementation of the Gator Move program. Members were assigned to the five committees and allowed time to discuss committee goals and action items for the upcoming year.
After group discussions the entire SAAC was addressed by President Brad deBorde about his goals and expectations for the 2013-2014 SAAC. His goals included increasing campus involvement, hosting more SAAC events for student-athletes, and increasing the knowledge of SAAC to peers and administration. The SAAC Retreat concluded with a review of the action items and warm wishes for the semester.
As a commitment to evolving and expanding Student-Athlete Advisory Committee events the Adopt-A-Team Committee was established to revive Adopt-A-Team practices. During the Spring Semester the Adopt-A-Team changed the expectations for themselves as a committee and event. The Adopt-A-Team events are a highlighted event for each of the 17 sports teams, encouraging student-athletes, coaches and faculty to attend the event. Committee members make an effort to decorate locker rooms and posters for the highlighted teams before the event and work a table with sign in sheets and poster decoration supplies for student-athletes during the event.
Gator Move is an initiative for gator student-athletes to help educate and encourage healthy lifestyles for young children in the community. This fall the program has had great success at its first elementary school with over 30 different student-athlete volunteers, in its inaugural season. What sets the Gator Move Initiative apart from other SEC schools’ move programs is that Gator Move went into one elementary school every Monday and Wednesday morning from 7:00am - 8:00am, during the months of September – November