LORMAN, Miss. – The Alcorn State University Department of Athletics observed National Student-Athlete Day to recognize outstanding accomplishments of student-athletes.
“It’s more important now than ever that we cherish our student-athletes. Their accomplishments and efforts academically, athletically and in the community inspire us as administrators to do our jobs every day. We look forward to when all the student-athletes return to campus as we continue to follow the appropriate safety measures against the global pandemic,” said director of athletics Derek Horne.
In the United States, nearly 8 million student-athletes compete in team and individual sports. Not only do they succeed in athletic programs, but they excel academically, too. Additionally, the day recognizes student-athletes who have a positive impact on their communities while maintaining and earning GPAs of 3.0 or higher.
Many student-athletes take on roles as leaders in their community and serve as role models for others. Others overcome adversity and provide exemplary representations of achievement. The program encourages families, schools, and communities to support their student-athletes in their endeavors. Cheer them on both on and off the court and field. Support them in their higher goals and aspirations.
At Alcorn, student-athletes have participated in numerous activities in the community outside of their sports this year. These activities included:
– Dr. Seuss Day at ASU Child Development Center, Kiddy Karroseul (Fayette), Glimer McLaurin Elementary (Natchez), A.W. Watson Elementary School (Port Gibson), Susie B. West Elementary (Natchez)
– St. Jude Children’s Hospital (Virtual Valentines Card)
– SAAC Can Good Drive
– FCA Coat Drive
– ASU Child Development Center Trunk or Treat
– ASU Child Development Center Easter
– Natchez Falcons Youth Club Camp and Guest Speakers at the Banquet
– Natchez Rehab Center (Christmas Caroling and Activities) Women’s Basketball
“Today and every day, we recognize the dedication and efforts of all current and former student –athletes. We are proud to have them represent Alcorn State University and look forward to their safe return to campus,” said assistant vice president for athletic compliance and academic services Cyrus Russ.
Alcorn has 29 student-athletes a part of the SAAC Council, which regularly schedules events on campus. Click here<https://alcornsports.com/sports/2015/2/13/GEN_0213153222.aspx> to view the 2019-20 SAAC members.
SAAC is comprised of two or more leaders from each Alcorn athletic team. SAAC members discuss issues of interest and possible solutions pertaining to academics, athletics and student-athlete personal wellness at Alcorn. Additionally, SAAC coordinates several CHAMPS activities promoting community service, career development, personal development, athletic and academic excellence events throughout the year.
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