STUDENT ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT
UNH Athletic Department
Student Athlete Development
Coordinator, Student Athlete Development
University of New Hampshire
145 Main St. Durham , NH 03824
603-862-4051 - email@example.com
The office of Student Athlete Development exists to assist UNH student-athletes in learning and perfecting skills necessary to be successful in the classroom, on the playing field, in the university and seacoast community and in life-long endeavors. We coordinate comprehensive, sequential educational programs that enhance personal welfare and growth. In so doing, we utilize the expertise and services of many departments and organizations on campus. Included in these programs are: Health (substance use/abuse, sexually responsible behavior, sport-specific nutrition), Hazing, Diversity and Inclusion (gender, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation), Career Planning and Preparation, Financial Responsibility, Leadership and Community Service.
Wildcat Mentors- student-athletes serve as Big Brother/ Big Sisters in a mentoring program with the Oyster River Junior High School
Read Across America- groups of athletes visit local elementary and middle schools to read and facilitate discussion on the importance of education and staying in school
Athletes Supporting Athletes- teams attend the competitions of other UNH teams, to foster support, encouragement and friendship among athletes and the student body
Holiday Food and Toy Drives- cases of food delivered to the UNH food pantry and boxes of toys delivered to Toys for Tots
Hoops for Hunger- over 120 students from across the UNH campus joined our student-athletes to compete in a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise money and contribute canned/box food items for the local Cornucopia Food Pantry.
Pease Greeters- all teams come to Pease International Tradeport to welcome soldiers back home.
Annual Halloween Costume Contest for all athletic department personnel, judged by student-athletes
“Sno-Ball” – winter social event to bring student-athletes from all sports together, to promote interaction and camaraderie.
Night- for juniors and seniors to meet alumni and
business people. The evening was a series of workshops, discussion
Alternative Spring Break- student-athletes traveled to New Orleans and West Virginia to assist in community rebuilding
Presentation by Tim
Wierman, nationally recognized sports nutritionist, to
all coaches, athletes and athletic department personnel on
sports-specific health and wellness issues
Tunnel Restoration Project- SAAC and UNH athletes are teaming up to paint and add graphics to the Main Street tunnel
Soles 4 Souls Shoe Collection - Over 3,900 pairs of donated shoes have been shipped to people in need in the U.S. and abroad
Student Athlete Advisory
This is a leadership group, selected by coaches and teammates, that acts as liaison between the athletic administration and student-athletes. All teams were represented this year.
The purpose of SAAC:
To provide communication and feedback to the athletic administration regarding student-athletes' concerns, policies and procedures.
To disseminate information from the administration, campus organizations and the conference to their coaches and teammates.
To promote UNH Athletics in a positive way across campus, in Durham and throughout the seacoast area.
To build “community” within the Athletic Department by involving all teams in activities, events and educational programs
To be a voice in the America East Conference and NCAA regarding legislation, policy and community outreach
To increase student body, faculty and staff attendance at athletic events by increasing athlete visibility and involvement in campus activities
To organize community service projects that involve all teams, collectively and individually
SAAC Officers: 2012-2013
Co- President: Tim Johnson, Football
Co- President: Cori Rees, Womens Lacrosse
Co- President: Cody Cormier, Mens Soccer
Secretary: Kelsey Hogan, Womens Basketball
Student-Athlete Development …Community Service Outreach ... The Year in Review
Community Service Projects and Activities: all teams involved
Bone Marrow Drive
Relay For Life
Parents Night Out
Weekly gymnastics classes for youngsters
St. Thomas More Yard Sale
Mast Way Elementary School After-School Activities
St. Thomas More Yard Sale
February Vacation Youth Basketball Clinic
Visits to The Inn at Sprucewood
Cats for Cure
Habitat for Humanity
Men's & Women's Ice Hockey
St. Thomas More Yard Sale
Men's Ice Hockey
Maharimet Elementary School
Construction of Nature Trail
Field Hockey Team
Volunteer at Northeast Passage
Swimming & Diving
Doe Farm clean-up
Men's Soccer Team
Youth clinics/Soles for Souls
Route 4 clean-up
Middle School Field Trips: Twenty athletes, representing most of our teams, hosted and led tours of the athletic facilities, supervised games and contests, conducted discussion on “commitment” and teamwork. (estimated 50 hours)
Note: Collective team involvement, plus special projects by individual teams, exceeded 4,500 community service hours for 2011-12.
UNH Tunnel Restoration