UC's Amanda Hardewig Named To NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee|
May 17, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - University of Cincinnati women's swimming and diving student-athlete Amanda Hardewig (Cincinnati, Ohio/Turpin) has accepted a position to serve as the American Athletic Conference liaison for the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Hardewig, who is majoring in middle childhood education, was a finalist in the 200 backstroke at the 2013 BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championship. On campus, she serves in a leadership position with her campus SAAC and is a member of the Cincinnati Women in Excellence and Spirit Together (CWEST) – an exclusive honorary group.
Hardewig will begin her two-year term on the NCAA SAAC July 1, 2013.
“We are excited to have Amanda serve as our national SAAC representative,” said associate commissioner Jennifer Condaras. “With her experience and leadership, we know she will represent our league well.”
"We are very proud of Amanda for being selected as the American Athletic Conference national SAAC representative," said Maggie McKinely, senior associate director of athletics at Cincinnati. "Her hard work and dedication with SAAC, in the pool and the classroom helps her stand out as a phenomenal young leader among our student-athletes and the campus community as a whole. We are excited for what the future holds for Amanda and know she will serve our conference well on the national stage.”
Mission Statement of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
The mission of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image.
History of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
An Association-wide SAAC was adopted at the 1989 NCAA Convention and was formed primarily to review and offer student-athlete input on NCAA activities and proposed legislation that affected student-athlete welfare.
The initial national committee was comprised of student-athletes from all membership divisions for the purpose of ensuring that the student-athlete voice was one that accounted for the myriad of educational and athletic experiences of both female and male student-athletes at all NCAA member institutions. In August 1997, the NCAA federated along divisional lines. The federation caused the SAAC to expand to three SAACs representing NCAA Divisions I, II and III.
Each national divisional committee is comprised of both female and male student-athletes charged with the responsibility of assisting in the review of NCAA proposed legislation and representing the voice of the student-athlete in the NCAA governance structure. This is accomplished by providing student-athlete input on issues related to student-athlete welfare that are division-specific.