UWS Student Athletes AJ Runck and Megan Taylor ringing bells for Salvation Army during Week of Giving 2018
File Photo by Elise Ertl

By Kourtney Palmi

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at the University of Wisconsin-Superior is comprised of student athletes that work together to make their voices heard on campus.

The committee’s members are from each sports team at UWS—36 members for the 2019-20 academic year. The group meets monthly during the academic year to discuss matters of importance to student athletes.

Sam Street, a senior on the UWS women’s soccer team, said, “Having this organization is super beneficial and important. It gives student athletes a voice on campus… It helps the [athletic] department get a grasp on what we, [athletes], want.”

Those who are part of the committee are also given the opportunity to provide input on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) legislation, identify student athlete issues, and encourage community outreach.

Eva Reinertsen, a senior at UWS, is part of the women’s basketball team and the vice president of SAAC. When asked what being part of this committee has taught her, Reinertsen said, “SAAC has taught me how to be a better leader and showed me the impact that student voices can have on a university campus. It is also a great feeling to be able to play, even a small part, in improving the athletic experience for our own student athletes and our fans. I feel very fortunate to be a part of SAAC.”