GW's Jane Wallis Attends Annual A-10 SAAC Meeting
Women's Soccer Senior and SAAC President Teamed With League Members to Enhance Student-Athlete Experience
Feb. 10, 2014
NEWPORT, NEWS, Va. - George Washington women's soccer senior and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Jane Wallis traveled to Newport News, Va., this weekend to attend the annual Atlantic 10 SAAC meeting.
Joined by 12 other student-athletes from institutions around the league, Wallis and her peers took part in a wide range of programming with the goal of enhancing the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being and fostering a positive student-athlete image. Wallis believes that the committee is not only crucial to excellence and development at the university level, but at the league level as well.
"SAAC gives student-athletes a voice, and specifically at GW we are fortunate enough to have an administration that readily seeks out the opinions and reflections of the student-athletes," said Wallis. "The A-10 staff did a great job at providing us with different experiences that would all help us individually and help us to better our campus SAACs. The other representatives were not only great leaders on their respective campuses but they also proved to be fun, energetic and hardworking student-athletes. It was a great team to learn from."
Throughout the three days Wallis and the other SAAC representatives got the chance to participate in an interactive leadership called "Branded A Leader" with Jeff O'Brien of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports. The group also discussed initiatives to create concepts and opportunities to influence the A-10 brand. They also had the opportunity to take part in a panel discussion with A-10 officials, including VCU Faculty Athletic Representive Dr. Joseph Marolla, who serves as administrative liaisons to the SAAC, in addition to Atlantic 10 Senior Associate Commissioner Debbie Richardson. The group created promotional videos and feature stories with A-10 staff and writers, partook in team-building exercises and concluded the conference by hearing from guest speaker Becca Wann, who was recently forced to conclude her dual-sport career at Richmond due to injury.
"There is something very special about the Atlantic 10 Conference. Everyone in the A-10 office is working to better each institution as well as the conference as a whole," Wallis said. "The 13 schools, although from all over, have similar goals and aspirations, as we all have student-athletes who care about academics as well as the community. It is an exciting thing to see what is to come from the A-10 over the next few years."