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Student Athlete Advisory Committee

What has SAAC been up to?

Campbell Scollo and Chrissy Cromer at USA South SAAC Meeting.

Spring 2016

The Mary Baldwin College athletic department raised $403.67 for "Help Save the Next Girl."


Chrissy Cromer and Campbell Scollo attended the USA South SAAC Meeting held February 12 and 13 at LaGrange College.  On Friday evening, student-athletes heard Motivational Speaker Dr. Earl Suttle speak on Leadership.  Student-athletes were also given his book Preparing for and Managing High Risk Situations in the Lives of College Athletes.  On Saturday, student-athletes attended the USA South business session and shared ideas that they could then bring back to their campus.   

FALL 2015

Student-Athletes collected 1086 items to donate to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in conjunction with the 2015 USA South Cans Across the Conference Food Drive.

Spring 2015

Student-athletes collected $527.86 through the annual Pennies for a Purpose Fundraiser for a variety of charities.

FALL 2014

During the fall of 2014, the MBU Athletic Department again held their annual food drive for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank as part of the USA South Cans Across the Conference Food Drive.  This year the Fighting Squirrels collected 1219 items.  The Cross Country team donated the most collecting 549 items. 

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this a success!


 Student-athletes from Mary Baldwin University delivered playground equipment to Community Child Care, Inc. here in Staunton on Wednesday May 14 and spent the afternoon playing with the children. The Mary Baldwin University Athletic Department purchased the equipment with the money raised by the student-athletes in their annual "Pennies for a Purpose" campaign this spring.

This year, the basketball team raised the most money for the campaign.

  The USA South Athletic Conference Student Athlete Advisory Committee began the "Pennies for a Purpose" campaign in 2008 in an effort to help worthy organizations in each school's community.  This year the institutions in the USA South donated a total of $3,687.27 to the organization of their choice.  Over the seven year history of the campaign schools in the conference have donated a total of $24,870.10.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the "Pennies for a Purpose" campaign this spring. 




During the fall of 2013, SAAC has been meeting to discuss ways to improve areas in the athletic department.  Also, every fall, the athletic department collects canned goods for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank as part of the USA South's Cans Across the Conference Canned Food Drive.  This year, along with other activities, student-athletes collected over 700 cans on Halloween and a total of 1207 cans this fall.  Each year, the teams hold a friendly competition to see which team collects the most cans.  For the second year in a row, softball collected the most cans.  A HUGE thank you to everyone who donated items to the athletic department this fall.


SAAC had a great year in in 2012-13 in both of its main community service events: Cans Across the Conference and Pennies for a Purpose. In its Cans Across the Conference drive in 2012, SAAC collected cans to benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Verona, VA. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank serves an average of 104,000 people per month. SAAC collected a grand total of 1007 cans. The Softball team collected the most, topping off at 408. Cross Country came in second place with 278. In the Spring, MBC students collected pennies in the Pennies for a Purpose drive to benefit New Directions, a shelter for women and families. MBC was third overall in the conference with a total of $332.18.






The mission of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee is to...

  • Enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting 
    opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering 
    a positive student-athlete image
  • Support and encourage athletes in their development athletically 
    and academically by promoting discipline, time management 
    skills and goal setting
  • Facilitate open communication between student-athletes, the 
    academic community, coaches and administrators
  • Increase the Conference's involvement in the NCAA 
    Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Promote good sportsmanship, fair play, leadership and 
    academic achievement among student-athletes
  • Provide the student-athletes with a "voice" in the Conference


To read the USA South SAAC Constitution

click here.



Meetings are held each month for the SAAC Representatives from each team.  All student-athletes are welcome at all meetings.  If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Alanko at



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