ROCHESTER, NY- The RIT Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) placed third on the “Project Board” in the National Association of Athletic Administrators Division III (NADIIIAA) Community Service Awards announced Friday by the at the NCAA convention.
“I am very proud of the hard work and time put in by all of our student-athletes and their dedication to serving the community,” said Jeff Siegel, Associate Director for Intercollegiate Athletics at RIT and SAAC Advisor. “It is a great honor to be recognized by NADIIIAA and our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee should be very proud. Siegel.”
The NADIIIAA Community Service Awards program, established in 2001, aims to recognize the many contributions that Division III student-athletes regularly make to their campuses and local communities. Recognition is given to projects in three categories: one-time activity/project, set of projects, and Special Olympics activity.
“SAAC President Lauren Zeglen has been instrumental in organizing these events,” said Siegel. “The work she did as Director of Community Service over the past year helped her win the RIT Athletic Dr. Destler Community Service Award in 2020-21.”
One of the projects was the Special Olympics Virtual Challenge, where multiple activities promoted social inclusion through sport in the virtual environment. The RIT SAAC hosted three virtual sessions with Special Olympics athletes from the New York area, which included a nutrition class, a virtual student-athlete-led workout for Special Olympics athletes, and a virtual contest of basketball shots.
Another project was Adopt-a-Family. In partnership with CP Rochester, a local organization that helps support community members in need, the 24 teams along with administrators adopted a local family for Thanksgiving and provided food baskets and gift cards to give back. their memorable vacation.
RIT SAAC worked with RIT’s Center for Civic Leadership on a year-long campaign for RIT Athletics to register, fundraise, and create silent auction gift baskets for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life on the RIT campus.