Below are some of the accomplishments of the Boston College SAAC
Student-Athlete Immersion Service Trip – During the last week of the winter break, a group of 22 student-athletes and 2 staff travelled to Poplarville, MS and New Orleans, LA to assist in the recovery from Hurricane Katrina. The group slept on the floor of a church and shared meals with other university groups from around the country. The group was charged with deconstructing a shelter, cleaning up an old warehouse site, and painting the interior of residents’ homes. The group also had the opportunity to spend time in with CNN Hero of the Year Award Winner, Liz McCartney and the SAAC at Tulane.
Food for Families – Monthly visit to Commonwealth Tenants Association to package food from food bank to deliver to needy families.
Franciscan Hospital for Children – Bi-monthly visits to local children’s hospital for children with a variety of mental, physical, and behavioral issues. Student-athletes visit different areas of the hospital and play cards, video games, and sports. Twice a year, at Christmas and Easter, the Lacrosse program visits to decorate holiday themed cookies.
HEAR Program – Help Educate through Athletic Responsibility. Groups for 5-10 students visit local schools to share their stories of success to encourage the pursuit of further education.
Massachusetts Hospital School – Multiple visits throughout the year to spend time with students from 8-21 years old in a residential/medical environment to play wheelchair football/basketball, video games, and ride horses.
Campus School – Student-athletes visit the Campus School several times throughout the year to assist in hosting their events, such as the prom, Valentine’s and Christmas parties. The Boston College Campus School educates students aged 3 to 21 with multiple disabilities, including complex healthcare needs.
Talent Show - The major project for SAAC is planned throughout the year. Last year, it was a Fashion Show and this year's board elected to put on a talent show instead to raise money for the St. Bernard Project in New Orleans, LA. Last year, the fashion show raised $3500 for the St. Columbkille School.
Can Drive - This year's student-athlete can drive collected over 3000 pounds of food that provided 1458 meals to needy families in the greater Boston area. The can drive is a competition among all athletic teams to collect the most cans by weight. This year Rowing took home the championship, collecting over 900 pounds of food.
Pinch Hit for Haiti - SAAC, spearheaded by our Baseball representatives worked with the Pinch Hit for Haiti organization to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Athletic Departments from all of the country participated in Pinch Hit for Haiti and SAAC was no different, raising over $700.
Adopt-a-Team – Each team is paired up and is charged with supporting the other as a whole at a game or match. Team’s can host dinner together or another event.
SAMI – Student-Athlete Mentor Initiative. New Program - Selected upperclassmen are paired with freshmen to assist in navigating and acclimating themselves to being a student-athlete