On March 29, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted a silent auction in the Flight Deck. All the proceeds from this event went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which has had an alliance with the NCAA Division II since 2003.
President of SAAC, Lauren Boudreau, oversaw the event and ensured that it ran smoothly. She and the rest of the committee had been planning the silent auction all year, and she felt it was a resounding success.
“It was awesome,” said Boudreau. “It was the first time I had been in charge of putting together an event or in charge of an organization. So, I was really proud of how everything came together and how everyone worked together to get it to turn out the way we wanted it to.”
Each NSU team was responsible for collecting donated items for the auction. Some of the items included: a fishing charter trip for five, a signed football by Don Shula, a Manchester United jersey, and a Swedish massage package.
Prior to the event, Boudreau hoped to raise $600 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. After counting the donations, Boudreau said they surpassed that goal.
“We actually raised $1,500. I was so surprised, and I was so excited. I pretty much was jumping around,” said Boudreau.
SAAC was described by Boudreau as a student government for the athletes. There are two representatives from each team, and a meeting is held every other week. Boudreau said she’s trying to spread more awareness about the organization.
“No one really knows what SAAC is,” said Boudreau. “I’m trying to bring it more into life than ever before. There are 350 [student athletes], if we can collaborate all of our efforts we can do a lot for the community, for each other, [and] for the school.”