Amanda Odato is SAAC president.
Sept. 30, 2013
Boca Raton, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is spearheading a food drive from Oct. 4-12. Fans who attend FAU athletic events will be able to donate non-perishable food items to Boca Helping Hands in conjunction with Conference USA's LET'S SAAC HUNGER program, a conference-wide community service initiative.
FAU student-athletes will be collecting non-perishable food items at five home athletic events: women's soccer matches vs. Middle Tennessee on Friday, Oct. 4 and UTEP on Sunday, Oct. 6, men's soccer vs. Marshall on Wednesday, Oct. 9, volleyball vs. Tulsa on Saturday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12, at the football game vs. Marshall. Fans who bring a non-perishable food item to the soccer and volleyball matches will receive free admission to the game and will also be awarded a buy one, get one free voucher redeemable for any of the four remaining home football games. Those who donate an item at the FAU vs. Marshall football game will receive a buy one, get one free voucher for any of the final three home football games.
"It is important to us as an athletic department to enhance the student-athlete experience by engaging our student-athletes in service to our campus and surrounding communities," Marlon Dechausay, FAU Associate Athletic Director for Academics, said. "We hope our efforts will help raise awareness about the needs of our community and encourage others to give back. We appreciate Boca Helping Hands, A.D. Henderson and the FAU Athletic Department's willingness to work with us on this initiative."
In addition, SAAC is having a LET'S SAAC HUNGER competition from October 7-10 at the A.D. Henderson School in Boca Raton. The class that collects the most non-perishable food items will win a special lunch with FAU student-athletes, members of the FAU spirit squad and Owsley.