KEENE, N.H.--The Keene State Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has received the President's Leadership Award, given to an individual student or student organization that has made outstanding contributions to community service, service learning, or civic engagement efforts on the campus.
Throughout the last two years, SAAC has worked with the City of Keene Parks and Recreation Department, spending Saturdays working with local youth on skill building, sportsmanship, and fun with sport.
SAAC's nomination praised their involvement with the City of Keene Parks and Recreation Department youth basketball and soccer leagues and stated, "When thinking of a student run organization that gives back to the community in an outstanding way one group comes to mind: the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. The partnership the City of Keene Parks and Recreation Department and SAAC has created over the last two years is invaluable. All the positive outcomes from our program are because of this partnership we have created with KSC Student-Athlete Advisory Council."
SAAC President Samantha Sullivan, a junior defender on the women's lacrosse team, who accepted the award on behalf of the SAAC group, said "We, the members of SAAC, feel incredibly grateful to be receiving the Presidential Leadership Award. Serving our community is one of our core principles, so it feels rewarding to be recognized for one of our driving forces. We can't thank the City of Keene Parks and Recreation enough for their kind words in our nomination. We will continue to fulfill our commitment to them and other organizations we already help, such as the Special Olympics of New Hampshire, and SAAC plans to make new connections with our community in the future as well."
SAAC Advisor and KSC head softball coach Carrah Fisk Hennessey '99 said "Our SAAC is proud to make such a positive impact on our community - not just on campus but within the city of Keene. We have especially enjoyed growing our partnership with Keene Parks and Recreation; giving back to the local youth athletic community is fulfilling on so many levels, and we truly believe that we have to give to get. In this partnership, by providing volunteer sport clinics/instruction, we are increasing our fan base, person by person and family by family. Keene State student-athletes do so many things well; I am truly honored that this group of leaders is being recognized with the Presidential Leadership Award."
Keene State Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. Kristene Kelly added "I'm so thrilled for our SAAC, under the direction of head softball coach, Carrah Fisk Hennessey, as recipients of the Presidents' Leadership Award. This is truly a wonderful recognition of the hard work, commitment and service to our community that our student athletes embody. This award reflects the endless hours our athletes spend in the community. Again, congratulations on this well-deserved recognition!"
The mission of the Keene State College Student Athlete Advisory Committee (KSC SAAC) is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting athletic, academic, and social opportunities for all student-athletes; protecting student-athlete welfare; fostering a positive student-athlete image; providing a forum for student-athletes throughout the campus, conference, and NCAA; encouraging the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship, while maintaining the tenants of the NCAA Division III philosophy: DISCOVER, DEVELOP, DEDICATE.
The award is part of the 2018 Campus Compact for New Hampshire's Presidents' Awards. Campus Compact for New Hampshire is a statewide consortium of college and university presidents and private sector partners who are united in their commitment to the civic purposes of higher education. The Presidents' Awards program honors students, faculty, staff, and community organizations that demonstrate an ongoing dedication to community service, service-learning, or civic engagement. Our awardees will be publicly acknowledged at the annual Presidents' Awards Luncheon on Tuesday April 10 in Concord, New Hampshire.