ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) concluded its fourth annual in-person SAAC meeting in Chicago last weekend. Eighteen student-athletes from nine of the league's 10 member institutions discussed what they can do to increase game attendance on their respective campuses, exchanged ideas for improving their campus SAACs and reviewed legislation issues on the national level.
The committee also participated in a community service outing with Chicago Youth Programs, a non-profit organization designed to improve the life opportunities and health of at-risk youth. The Summit League SAAC put on a mini-sports camp for 20 children from on the south side of Chicago. The student-athletes taught the kids some of the fundamentals of soccer, volleyball, basketball and track.
Commissioner Tom Douple addressed the group regarding The Summit Plan, the league's improvement plan, and discussed the importance of the student-athletes getting involved in their communities.
Those student-athletes attending the conference were Oran Andrews (UMKC), Mackenzie Angner (South Dakota State), Stephanie Baumer (Western Illinois), John Bradford (IUPUI), Ketty Cornemann (South Dakota State), Kyle Davis (Western Illinois), Carol Garbato (Oral Roberts), Kelly Gettinger (UMKC), Stew Givens (Oakland), Becky Iwanicki (North Dakota State), Jarrell Johnson (Western Illinois), Katrina McCrory (IUPUI), Bryan Myers (Centenary), Matt Pliske (IPFW), Nicole Pawson (Oakland), Alex Rowin (Oral Roberts), Kristine Weaver (Centenary) and Brett Winkelman (North Dakota State).
The Summit League is comprised of 10 member institutions - Centenary College of Louisiana, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), North Dakota State University, Oakland University, Oral Roberts University, South Dakota State University, Southern Utah University and Western Illinois University. The league offers championships in 19 sports.