WKU Student-Athletes Give Back During Holiday Season

Bowling Green, Ky. - The Western Kentucky University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is giving back to the Warren County community this holiday season.

The group comprised of 32 Hilltopper student-athletes representing each WKU sporting team spent a significant portion of their fall not only playing their respective sports, but also raising over $375 from their own teammates. The money gathered was used to buy over $400 worth of canned and other food items which were donated to the Salvation Army on Monday afternoon.

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is comprised of 2 student-athlete representatives from each sport along with WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart and Associate Athletic Director for Student Services Pam Herriford. The members aforementioned have monthly meetings to discuss student-athletes' welfare in terms of programs, policies, and procedures.

Senior student-athletes Kyle Chettleburgh (Track/Cross Country) and Courtney Rymer (Soccer) are the co-chairs of SAAC and spearheaded the canned food drive efforts. Chettleburgh, Rymer and the other student-athletes in SAAC decided this week was the best week to donate because they wanted to help those in need over Thanksgiving.

The SAAC and other student-athletes will be out in the public again on December 1st at the Christmas In Kentucky event in the Kentucky Museum. Young children are invited to the museum to take part in small Christmas oriented activities while engaging with WKU student-athletes.

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

M Basketball - O'Karo Akamune , Kevin Kaspar
W Basketball - Chaney Means , Alexis Govan
Baseball - Parker Cash , Jordan Cessna
Softball - Kelsie Mattox , Ciara Garcia
M Track/Cross Country - Kyle Chettleburgh , Sean Hurd , Cyrus Johnson
W Track/Cross Country - Karleigh Parker , Maikea Davis , Monti Willis
Football - Jack Doyle , Jamal Forrest
M Golf - Will Beard , Cameron Beal
W Golf - Emma Robinson , Kate Larimore
M Swimming/Diving - Louis Bunch , Neal Rushing
W Swimming/Diving - Claire Conlon , Alex Van Oost
M Tennis - Andrew Fish , Bobby Whitmer
W Tennis - McKinley Mason , Katrina Vucina
W Soccer - Courtney Rymer , Kelsey Burnette
Volleyball - Ashley Potts , Lindsay Spears

Co-Chairs - Courtney Rymer , Kyle Chettleburgh