Student-Athlete Well-Being to Serve as Theme for NEAC November Trivia Contest

Student-Athlete Well-Being to Serve as Theme for NEAC November Trivia Contest

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – With the focus of this year’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) centering on student-athlete well-being, that subject will also be the theme for this month’s North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) trivia contest.

The NEAC holds two conference-wide SAAC events each academic year, with one being held in the fall and another in the spring.  The fall meeting is held at a central location to bring SAAC members and advisors from each school together for a national guest speaker relating to the group’s theme for that specific year, such as student-athlete well-being, gender equity, etc.  The spring meeting is held in two separate locations so each member school in the North and each in the South can join up to each hold a community service project.  Those initiatives have produced a strong partnership between the NEAC and Special Olympics, where the two groups have come together multiple times in the past several years for a variety of events.  These projects have also twice been nominated for the NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll, with the NEAC winning its latest selection this past August for its story found here.  Both meetings are also used for the NEAC SAAC to discuss a variety of conference matters like reviewing the group’s operating codes, voting on NCAA proposed legislation and voicing any concerns brought up by the individual SAAC groups from each member campus.

This year’s fall meeting was held this past Sunday at the Hilton Conference Center in Scranton, Pa.  The event was hosted by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and also included members from the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) in an effort to allow multiple conferences to collaborate and share an interactive experience.  Diana Cutaia, founder of Coaching Peace, served as the day’s guest speaker and used multiple interactive activities to focus on student-athlete well-being areas such as nutrition, handling stress and proper ways to take care of both your body and mind.

The NEAC also produced a conference-wide student-athlete well-being survey last spring that focused on the topics of academics, travel, sportsmanship, event management and championships.  Nearly 1,000 students participated in the survey, and the results from one of its 57 questions will be used as the answer to this month’s trivia question.  Be sure to check back on the NEAC Facebook page Thursday afternoon for the trivia question and have a chance to win a prize!  Be sure to also follow the NEAC on Twitter (@NEACSports) using the hashtag “#NEAC10” for clues on when the contest will begin.

The NEAC is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this academic year and will hold multiple events throughout the year for the occasion.  One such event will be holding a monthly trivia contest for all students on member campuses, where they can win various NEAC prizes.  For full details on the NEAC’s anniversary plans for this year, click here.  To see the theme of October’s trivia contest, click here.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference has twelve NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville State College, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Bryn Athyn College and Pennsylvania College of the Technology will both join the conference as full members in 2014-15.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse & M Volleyball), Penn State Altoona (M Volleyball) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf & M Tennis).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of men’s and women’s tennis.