SAAC Celebrates Student-Athlete Appreciation Day

HAMDEN, Conn. – Members of Quinnipiac University athletics celebrated National Student-Athlete Appreciation Day on Thursday night, as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted a ‘Minute To Win It’ challenge in the QU Cafeteria on Mount Carmel Avenue. Athletes came together in friendly competition, had great food and enjoyed the opportunity to interact with fellow peers.  

Women’s volleyball junior Taylor Payne played a large role in organizing the event and served as the MC for the evening. She was very pleased with the turnout, as every sport had representation throughout the night. “I was really happy with the attendance for this event,” said Payne. “It was one of the first big events that SAAC has put on in a long time and it was a huge success! A lot of athletes showed up, met some new athletes that they've never known before, and had fun! That's was our goal for national student athlete appreciation day and I think Minute To Win It made our little community much closer.”

The event, ‘Minute To Win It,’ usually features 60-second challenges with household objects for a shot at a million bucks. However, on Thursday night, the winning team earned bragging rights among the entire QU Department of Athletics, well until next year. Some challenges during the competition included Cookie Face, Fling It, Flip Your Lid and Spin Doctor. All of the events used everyday items such as plastic silverware, toilet paper, hats, cookies and marshmallows.

Men’s Soccer junior Philip Surprise, Women’s Ice Hockey junior Brittany Lyons and Women’s Track and Field freshman Nikki Smith comprised the winning team. The trio was the only group to complete every task that was presented in 60 seconds or less.  

National Student-Athlete Day was created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society. Currently, it is presented with The NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). National STUDENT-Athlete Day is one of America's strongest endeavors to increase the positive virtues of sport and the recognition of student-athletes nationwide.

Quinnipiac's SAAC is comprised of team representatives from the athletics department's 21 intercollegiate sports.  It mission is to provide a communications link between the student-athlete population and the Department of Athletics, encourage communication and unity among and between student-athletes and teams, increase awareness of athletic programs on campus and in the community through projects, and design and implement programs which will encourage academic achievement, health promotion, social responsibility and awareness throughout Quinnipiac University.  Tonight's event is one of many activities sponsored by SAAC throughout the academic year. 

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