LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena's Student Athlete Advisory Committee spread cheer by giving back to the Capital Region community during the holiday season. Siena SAAC recently completed a successful canned food drive and also donated numerous gifts to Siena College's Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy to distribute to local families in need.
"I am so proud of SAAC and their efforts this semester with the canned food drive and Adopt-A-Family programs," said Ellen Howe, Siena Athletics' Life Skills Coordinator. "They embody the Franciscan mission of the college and its dedication to giving back to the community."
During the month of November, SAAC collected cans to donate to the Franklin Community Center in Saratoga. SAAC members collected cans from their teammates, parents and community members and donated 776 total items - an increase of over 100 items from the previous year.
As part of the Adopt-A-Family program, each of Siena's 18 teams was assigned a family from the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy. They collected money from the teams and went shopping for the gifts based on the lists provided from the families. Student athletes then wrapped the gifts and returned them to the Franciscan Center to be taken to various agencies throughout the Capital Region.
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) gives student athletes an opportunity to generate a voice within Siena Athletics, to discuss issues relating to the wellbeing of student athletes, and to solicit student athlete responses to proposed legislation.
SAAC promotes unity between the Athletics department and student athletes, and among athletics at Siena College.