Ivy Leaf - Winter 2013
The Penn State Altoona Student-Athlete Advisory Council has been involved in several service projects this year. The group consists of student-athletes who represent the school’s varsity teams in the community. The council’s mission is to promote a positive image of student-athletes while fostering the ideals of NCAA Division III athletics, which encourage athletes to be active in the community and exceptional in the classroom.
During the fall 2012 semester, Penn State Altoona’s SAAC volunteered at the First Baptist Church Food Bank in Altoona and at the campus’ Operation Safe Trick or Treat, which offered a safe alternative during the Halloween season for local children and their families. The group also spearheaded the “Lions for Lions” initiative, encouraging student-athletes and coaches from every varsity sport to attend Penn State Altoona teams’ home games to cheer on their peers.
SAAC also worked very closely with Special Olympics of Blair County, assisting Special Olympics athletes play bocce and volleyball each week.
“It’s great to see that our student-athletes want to help others in the community and make a difference,” states Billy Clapper, advisor for SAAC. “We will continue to be active with Special Olympics during the upcoming months.”
Clapper says that SAAC will be involved with Special Olympics’ basketball, bowling, and swimming competitions this winter. The group will also continue to volunteer in other community service activities throughout the academic year.