Dec. 14, 2011
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), with help from the Department of Athletics and the CCU community, raised $3,500 and collected food, toys and clothing to help six local families enjoy Christmas.
Last year, the SAAC was able to help one family that had experienced a house fire.
"While last year was our first attempt at providing a Christmas for a family in-need, the success of the program inspired the SAAC to adopt additional families this season," said Cari Rosiek, Associate AD for Student-Athlete Enhancement and Senior Woman Administrator. "Our student-athletes take great pride in this community and are appreciative of the support they receive in return. While several individuals and sports programs went above and beyond the call for donations, this was truly a team effort and every contribution, no matter the size, will make Christmas a reality for six families this year."
This is just one of several projects the SAAC and CCU student-athletes have undertaken this season.
In conjunction with the Big South, Coastal Carolina collected soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion while they were on the road with their teams throughout the year. Over the past two and half years, Coastal has collected more than 400 pounds of products, going to the Catholic Charities of Conway.
In October, SAAC partnered with Pee Dee Elementary School in its annual community service project, "Chants for Kids." Coastal student-athletes collected much-needed school supplies for the elementary school, such as No. 2 Pencils, crayons, construction paper, dry erase markers, scissors, magnetic tape (1-inch), washable glue sticks, erasers, pencil bags, hand sanitizer, back packs, stickers, index cards, sidewalk chalk, finger paint and folders.
In lieu of the school supply drive, several of student-athletes from various teams have volunteered their time at Pee Dee Elementary this fall. Many have mentored students with daily school assignments and have served as positive role models.
Other community projects this fall include: - Miracle League (men's soccer, softball) - CROW (Chanticleers Reaching Out with Wisdom) program (football and volleyball) - Dig Pink (volleyball) - Shepherd's Table (women's basketball) - Coastal Animal Rescue golf tournament (men's golf) - Run, Jump and Throw with the Chants (men's and women's track & field)
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is assembled to create and inspire leadership by providing insight to the student-athlete experience and enhance the effectiveness of the Department of Athletics through academic and athletic excellence.