Student-Athlete Advisory Committee wraps up successful 2006-07 school year

April 24, 2007

Click here to see a group shot of the JU SAAC and the Dolphins' athletic staff

In the midst of finals and packing to go home for the summer, the Jacksonville University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted a lunch for the athletic staff on Tuesday afternoon to show its appreciation for a successful 2006-07 school year.

The SAAC, which currently boasts 24 members, also had an exceptional year working with such charities as the Relay for Life and giving their time to Daniel Kids Memorial Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

"Working with the SAAC has made my first year a very fulfilling one," said JU Director of Student-Athlete Development Casey Cohen. "The group has improved greatly because of the participation and enthusiasm with our SAAC funded events. This year's success had made me excited of the possibilities for the next school year."

One of the biggest accomplishments this year was the widely successful Dolphin Jocktion fundraiser, where players from each athletic team were bid on by the student body to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event rose over $1,400 en route to earning "Best Community-Service Event" at the Campus Activities Club and Organization Leadership Awards Night. Vice President Matt Dobbins, a member of the baseball team, also earned the "Dolphin Award" for his special contributions to the University in the areas of leadership and service through participation in campus activities.

"I feel like the committee has come a long way since last year," said SAAC President Louisa Ward, who is also a member of the women's soccer team. "We have accomplished so much this year that I can't wait until next year to keep it going."

For more information on the JU SAAC, log onto www.judolphins.com.