Casarez Represents Hawks At NCAA SAAC Meetings
July 26, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – The summertime is a chance for most students to relax and enjoy the great weather while earning extra money to take back to school for the fall semester. For softball’s Samantha Casarez (Sylmar, Calif.), it was an opportunity to represent the Maroon & Gray at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (S.A.A.C.) Meetings.

The three-day event (July 15-17) took place at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis where the primary goal was to enhance the student-athlete experience.

“This experience was incredibly fun,” Casarez stated. “It really opened my eyes to how much we as student-athletes do and how much our schools do for us. It showed me that S.A.A.C. does not only deal with student-athlete’s issues, but also helps improve the health and well-being of the student-athlete’s college experience.”

Casarez, who is entering her junior year, will serve a term that began June 1, 2016 and continues through May 31, 2018. Once her term expires, she will be eligible to be reappointed for an additional two-year term at that time.

“I am extremely proud of Sam,” said Maryland Eastern Shore Softball Head Coach Sam Douglas. “She embodies what a student-athlete is in both the classroom and community. She is a team leader and mentor to our younger ladies.”

Although tasked with discussing topics like concepts proposed by the NCAA or ways to address time demands of student-athletes, Casarez also found time to explore the City of Indianapolis and visit the NCAA’s Hall of Champions with her colleagues.

“It is a great pleasure to know that we had a student-athlete represent us and the conference [MEAC],” said Talareah Campbell, Coordinator of Student-Athlete Services. “I know she is eager to come back and help make a difference that will impact not only our school, but hopefully the conference too.”

The mission of the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committees is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image.

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