Welcome to the NAC SAAC homepage!

 

PURPOSE

The purpose of the NAC SAAC is to build community, promote communication and relationships across campuses, and provide a student athlete perspective to conference business. Additionally, the NAC SAAC distributes information, provides leadership opportunities, and engages in constructive initiatives and community development.

Initiatives have included:

  • It's On Us campaign to reduce sexual assault on campus.
  • You Can Play project to affirmatively welcome student athletes of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.
  • One Love and Love Better campaigns to raise awareness regarding healthy/unhealthy relationships and relationship violence.
  • Special Olympics events and activities are ongoing. All campuses plus the conference SAAC participated in the 50 for 50th Anniversary challenge in 2018-19.

The group will focus on raising awareness about mental health, and reducing the stigma associated with asking for help, in 2019-20. We will also continue to engage with the Special Olympics.

MEMBERSHIP

The NAC SAAC is comprised of student athlete members of campus SAACs. All campus SAAC members are eligible for inclusion in conference SAAC meetings and events, though two student athletes per school have voting rights at conference meetings.

LEADERSHIP

Three student athletes from the group are elected each year to serve as the executive board and provide leadership and direction for the academic year. The leadership group for 2019-2020 is Cassie Contigiani (Thomas, women's soccer), president; Hanna Hembrow (Husson, women's volleyball), vice president; and Patrick Bell (NVU-Johnson, men's tennis), secretary. The associate commissioner, Kate Roy, serves as the primary advisor to the NAC SAAC.

NAC SAAC meets in person once each academic semester, typically with a two-day retreat in the fall and a one-day meeting in the spring. The group also conducts conference calls and maintains a variety of open communication channels, such as a shared Google drive and Facebook group.

NATIONAL SAAC

The National SAAC represents the student athlete voice in the Division III governance structure by reviewing legislation; identifying significant student athlete issues; implementing national student athlete based initiatives; encouraging community outreach; and enhancing Division III student athlete involvement in and understanding of Division III in general.  The SAAC is also the committee that is primarily responsible for maintaining and coordinating the division’s nationwide partnership with Special Olympics.  The committee meets in-person four times each year in January, April, July and November.  It also conducts teleconferences as needed.

National SAAC consists of 24 student athletes who represent each of the Division III conferences and independent schools. Members represent their own conference plus a partner conference. The North Atlantic Conference's partner is the North East Athletic Conference (NEAC). Partner conferences rotate representation in the national group and as associate members. The NAC and NEAC were represented by Nicole Monik, an NVU-Johnson women's tennis student athlete, through the January 2019 convention at which point Michael Litz, a men's tennis student athlete at NEAC institution Penn State Abbington, took over through January 2021. During Litz's tenure, NAC student athlete Cassie Contigiani (Thomas, women's soccer) will serve as an associate member of the National SAAC and will attend the meetings in January and July, as well as participate on conference calls.

RESOURCES

Contact Kate Roy (kroy@nacathletics.com) with questions or to share news and get involved. Find us on social media with #NACSAAC.