The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is an elite leadership group that serves as a connection between teams, administration (K-State Athletics, The Big 12 Conference, and NCAA), and the K-State community. The committee is comprised of student athletes from each sport, who serve to represent the interests, opinions and concerns of the K-State student athletes. The group provides representation on various athletic department search committees and student government committees to address departmental policies and procedures as they relate to student-athlete well-being.
SAAC provides an opportunity to enhance leadership abilities and make an impact on individual teams, within the department of athletics, in the Manhattan community and at Kansas State University as a whole.
YEARLY SAAC EVENTS
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee sponsors or participates in several events throughout the year. SAAC works very closely with the planning and execution of the following events:
Cats for Cans
Powercat Choice Awards
Read to Achieve
Special Olympics Sports Clinic
Tipoff for TP
Volleyball & Baseball Tailgate Parties
Welcome Back Picnic
WILDCAT CUP COMPETITION
The Wildcat Cup Competition puts teams against one another to compete and earn points within the five Wildcat Pillars of Success: Personal, Academic, Career, Service, and Athletics. Student athletes earn points for their respective teams through their participation and attendance at events within each category.
The team that accrues the greatest number of points is announced winner at the Powercat Choice Awards. While the events promote the spirit of competition, the ultimate goal is to encourage student athletes to take advantage of the many resources and programs that are available to them, as well as, inspiring student-athlete camaraderie across all sports.
Each spring, the athletic department and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee host a banquet to honor all student athletes from all sports for their hard work and achievements. Student athletes walk the purple carpet, have dinner and then enjoy an ESPY-style awards show celebrating accomplishments in the classroom, in competition and within the community. Student athletes and SAAC nominate and vote athletic award winners while Student Services vote winners of academic awards.
Athletic honors awarded include:
Female and Male Newcomers of the Year, Best Male and Female Athlete in Supporting Role, Purple Pride Award, Most Inspirational Award, Men’s and Women’s Team of the Year, Show-Stopping Moment of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Female and Male Athletes of the Year.
Academic honors awarded include:
Mark A. Chapman Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Bob and Lila Snell Academic Award for Excellence and Effort, Gina Sylvester Memorial Award, Veryl and Fern Switzer Campus Leadership Award, Scholastic Achievement Award; Big 12 Conference and All-America honors are also recognized.