SPARTANBURG, S.C.— Women’s soccer’s Emma Quirk and Johnathan Martinez from men’s soccer - along with Jamie Beasley, Assistant Director for Academic Services and Compliance - attended the annual Southern Conference Mid-Winter Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Conference as VMI’s representatives this past weekend, Feb. 11-12.
VMI’s SAAC representatives were joined by eight other members of the Southern Conference in a weekend that was full of fun and learning. The weekend kicked off with words from each school followed by a brief introduction from the Southern Conference commissioner, John Iamarino, who discussed the state of the SoCon. Saturday began with a best practice discussion followed by afternoon-long conversation about new legislation that would be affecting the Southern Conference within the new academic year.
That continued into a conversation about the concerns and ideas that each school had within their SAAC communities and ultimately their schools. Athletes then participated in the Southern Conference’s newest initiative, Project Life, at Wofford College. Project Life is a national movement to increase the potential pool of bone marrow and tissue donors by testing and registering college students as donators. Afterwards the student-athletes enjoyed the Wofford vs. Chattanooga basketball game. The conference wrapped up Sunday morning with a brief discussion of “where do you go from here?” Once these discussions ended our cadet-athletes departed back to Lexington with ideas and a revitalized passion for VMI’s SAAC and hopeful for an exciting year ahead for our cadet-athletes.
Information above is provided by the office of Cadet-Athlete Development.