Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at The University of Texas at Tyler consists of two student-athletes representing each Patriots sports team.

These student-athletes are assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience and offer input on the rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes' lives at UT Tyler and all NCAA member institutions.

They also promote communication between athletics administration and student-athletes, work to promote a positive student-athlete image, organize community service efforts, build a sense of community within the athletics program, and generate a student-athlete voice within the campus athletics department formulation of policies.

SAAC committees are found on all NCAA campuses and are divided into Divisions I, II, and III. UT Tyler is a member of the NCAA Division III. Two members of the UT Tyler SAAC serve on the American Southwest Conference SAAC.

NCAA legislation mandates that each conference have a conference SAAC in order to strengthen the communication among the campus and national committees. Through increased communication and networking, the SAAC's hope is to better represent the views of all student-athletes.

The UT Tyler SAAC meets monthly.


SAAC Sponsors

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UT Tyler SAAC Activities

DALLAS, Texas – The American Southwest Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held its annual meeting Monday (Sept. 30) at the Double Tree by Hilton in north Dallas. Each of the ASC's 12 member institutions was represented with student-athletes and advisors.

Student athlete representatives and advisors discussed and proposed topics ranging from player safety in athletic competition, emerging sports for women and community outreach programs. The SAAC group participated in team-building games and also joined together to discuss multiple roundtable topics, including structures of meetings on campus and ideas to generate higher attendance at sporting events. The student-athletes also voted on the ASC Championship T-shirt Design Challenge entries. The winner will be announced next week.

ASC/Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Division III National SAAC Representative Dalaine Whitlock provided notes from the national level, and the guest speaker was Aaron Weintraub. A former college baseball coach, Weintraub currently specializes as a mental skills coach and author. Weintraub spoke to the student athletes about leadership, setting an example and how to overcome obstacles.

"This was a great event for our student athletes this year," ASC Assistant Commissioner Jimmy Glenn said. "It's something every college student should be a part of. The SAAC is a voice for college students to be heard and make positive changes."

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Salvation Army Christmas Kettles
The UT Tyler SAAC helps those who are struggling by assisting in the Salvation Army Christmas Kettles. To read a letter from the Salvation Army, click here.

Organ Donor Awareness Program
The University of Texas at Tyler SAAC committee has once again partnered with the American Southwest Conference to sponsor the Organ Donor Awareness Program as a community outreach program. The ASC Organ Donor Awareness Program was proposed by recently retired Conference Commissioner Fred Jacoby who is a heart transplant recipient.

The ever-increasing shortage of donors is the major limitation in organ transplantation. The ASC Donor Awareness Program is an excellent outreach program that has great humanitarian and public relations benefits. The life that can be saved may be that of a family member or a friend. Every time we save a life, the program is worth all of our collective efforts.

At two games per year, SAAC committee members hand out Organ Donor Awareness cards to encourage the public to join in the effort.




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