COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted its inaugural “Terps Got Talent Student-Athlete Talent Show” on Tuesday evening at Comcast Center Pavilion to benefit the American Cancer Society.
The evening, featuring 17 performances from Maryland student-athletes, represented a total of 13 intercollegiate teams. Each performance, approximately four-minutes long, highlighted dance routines, musical performances and original skits. The event was emceed by Sequoia Austin of the women’s basketball program and Pat Cole of the men’s track and field program. Both Austin and Cole are SAAC representatives from their respective teams.
“This is an outstanding event because it engages our student-athletes to participate in a different activity and share their outstanding talents outside their athletic gifts,” said academic athletic counselor Chaunte Baldwin. “It’s special that we can work with the University of Maryland Relay for Life organization and the American Cancer Society.”
The celebrity judges included men’s basketball great and current assistant to the head coach Juan Dixon, current President of the Terrapin Club Scholarship Fund Marlene Feldman, Vice President of the MClub Foundation and former men’s track and field standout Robert Duru, student representative for the American Cancer Society Julia Ring and our favorite mascot, Testudo .
The talent show was attended by a capacity crowd at Comcast Pavilion and raised approximately $3,130.
The list of performances are as follows:
· Men’s Basketball (Damonte Dodd) – Drum Solo
· Field Hockey – Group Skit/Performance
· Football (Jeremiah Johnson) – Poetry Reading
· Football (Mike Minter) – Guitar and Vocal Performance)
· Gymnastics – Group Synchronized Swimming Performance
· Men’s Lacrosse – (Isaiah Davis-Allen and Chad Rafferty) – Skit/Performance
· Men’s Track & Field (Greg Halla and Derek Holland) – Guitar and Vocal Solo)
· Softball – group Skit/Performance
· Women’s Basketball – Group Dance Routine
· Women’s Soccer – Group Dance Routine
· Women’s Track & Field (Amina Smith) – Vocal Solo
· Women’s Track & Field – Group Dance Routine
· Volleyball – Group Step Routine
· Wrestling – Group Interpretive Dance