SAAC volunteers with Meals on Wheels

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The UT Tyler Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and other Patriot student-athletes spent part of last Sunday partnering with Meals on Wheels and its client base to lend a hand at their homes.

Meals on Wheels does not deliver on Sunday's so the students also decided to provide them with a warm burger additionally. The students were able to deliver meals to 12 different homes throughout Tyler during three hours of volunteering.

Allie McKissick, who is a junior tennis player and one of the students spearheading community service on SAAC, said UT Tyler SAAC and the community service that took place made her feel "lucky to be where she is today".

She mentioned that the day of service put in perspective for her how to not take things in her life for granted and showed her what it means to be selfless. 

"I loved the joy that came from just showing up at the houses" said UT Tyler SAAC president Brieanne Brown. “They were so grateful and happy for us to be there that putting in a little hard work became so much fun."

UT Tyler SAAC advisor and Spirit Squad Coach Maggie Williams Koehn said the group is trying to build on the success of their service and engagement efforts from last year and raise even more awareness to what our athletes collectively are doing outside their time on the field. "We're wanting to get to a new level of engagement, service and overall ambassadors for athletics, but right now we're trying to establish a foundation of what SAAC is and what it can do for the school, the community and the students." 

The upcoming SAAC engagement event, Patriot Madness, kicks off basketball season. It is scheduled for Thursday Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. and is open the entire community. There is also a chance to enter a half-court shot prized at $5,000. Everyone is encouraged to come be a part of the event.