SAAC Hosts Local Students

April 26, 2013

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In honor of National Student-Athlete Day, the Maryland Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted students from area schools at Comcast Center Friday morning.

Students from Kettering Elementary and Jules West Middle School participated in a panel put together by the SAAC, before getting the opportunity to play sports on the turf at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.

"So Proud of my Terps today who participated in National Student Athlete Day," Director of Student Welfare and Career Development Ziz Abdur-Ra"oof said. "The impact they on the students today from those schools was immeasurable and I am proud to be a Terp, because you all wore the colors well and truly represented what it meant to be a Terp! Seeing young students engage in conversation, ask questions and think about their future is humanity at its best and that what we do as Terps."

The day started in Comcast Center, as the SAAC presented a panel on bullying and goal setting. The students were then given the chance to venture outside and play a variety of sports in the company of Maryland athletes.

Proceedings concluded with lunch for the students and a demonstration put on by Terrapin field hockey players.

"It was really fun participating in activities outside and sharing our love for our sports with these energetic youngsters." sophomore field hockey player Brooke Cabrera said.

The SAAC is made up of leaders from each of Maryland's athletic teams. The committee meets to discuss issues involved in the educational, personal and athletic lives of Maryland student-athletes and works to improve the image and welfare of student-athletes on campus.