The Arkansas State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is continuing its canned food drive Friday night when the A-State women's basketball squad hosts Kent State at 7:05 p.m. in the Convocation Center.
"I have enjoyed running and working the canned food drive this fall," SAAC secretary and senior volleyball player Kelsey Sullivan said. "I think, for the first time, doing something like this has been successful. I think the future canned food drives will only improve, once people know what to expect. The beginning is always a little rough or a little slow, but the support we have gotten for this one here just shows how awesome Red Wolves nation is."
Stations for the canned food drive for Friday's contest will be located at the yellow and red entrances of the Convocation Center. All cans will go to the Northeast Arkansas Food Bank. Fans that bring a canned good Friday night will receive a general admission football ticket for each item given.
"The month long canned food drive is a way for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and fellow student-athletes to reach out to the public, talk with them, and also give back to them," SAAC advisor Felicia Rehr said. "We are awesomely supported by our NEA community and are extremely appreciative of the support we receive. It is now our turn to give back and show our support for Jonesboro and North East Arkansas!"
After Friday's game, the SAAC will host two more can food drives through the month of November with the next one coming Saturday, Nov. 23, at the A-State football game against Georgia State. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. and stations will be located at all three west entrances. Fans that bring a canned food item will receive a group-rate ticket for the game.
The last canned food drive will be Sunday, Nov. 24 when the Red Wolves take on Central Arkansas in men's basketball. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. and stations will be located at the yellow and red entrances. Fans that bring a canned food item to the game will receive a group-rate ticket for the contest against UCA.
"The Arkansas State University student-athletes have been sponsoring a canned food drive benefitting the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas," SAAC President and junior soccer player Katie Hosea said. "This is a great opportunity to come together as a whole campus and community! So far, we have been collecting cans at home games for all sports in the month of November and will finish out our project this week. We are grateful for the support and donations."
The NCAA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's primary goal is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image.
To achieve these worthwhile pursuits, A-State's own SAAC is comprised of a body of representatives from each varsity team and an athletic department administrator.
To this end, members of SAAC are looked to for leadership on a variety of issues. SAAC members head up community service projects, committees in athletics and on campus, and discussion groups on student-athlete welfare. Furthermore, one SAAC member represents all Arkansas State student-athletes at Sun Belt Conference SAAC meetings while another is nominated to represent A-State at the annual NCAA Leadership Conference.