Approximately 40 Upper School student-athletes representing each varsity program as well as Physical Education were identified by a Stone Ridge varsity coach or athletic administrator to participate as a representative on the inaugural Stone Ridge Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, or SR SAAC.
Participation on the SR SAAC will allow students to participate in a leadership role within the Athletic Department to act as a bridge between the staff and the greater student-athlete population. As stated on the NCAA website, "Student-athletes have a voice in the NCAA through advisory committees at the campus, conference, and national level. Each committee is made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience and offer input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on campus." Likewise, the SR SAAC is meant to provide invaluable insight for the Athletic Department and to ensure every effort to provide the best student-athlete experience possible for the students.
Active SAAC programs have proven to be mutually beneficial to both athletic departments and student-athletes alike, providing a unified representation of student-athletes from across all sports to aid in supporting athletic department initiatives in striving for greater success both in and out of competition. According to Athletic Director Jason McGhee, "With Dr. Andrew Maguire's leadership and commitment to our student-athletes, coupled with his personal experience as a SAAC leader from his collegiate student-athlete days, the timing is perfect."
Despite SAAC being a new initiative at Stone Ridge, several meetings were already held during the Spring 2018 semester. When asked about the goals for SR SAAC, Dr. Maguire states, "From the meetings this past spring we were able to better define what the SR SAAC will represent and what we hope to accomplish in future years. Beginning next year, the goal will be to have two meetings each semester at a minimum, as well as other leadership opportunities throughout the year." Based on the engagement and feedback from this spring, the future for SR SAAC is extremely bright! #GatorStrong