UMKC men’s basketball student-athlete and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Executive Board member Noah Knight represented the Western Athletic Conference at the Division I National SAAC meetings on July 14-16. Throughout the conference, Knight participated in discussions on student-athlete transfers, early recruiting and student-athlete time demands.
During their first day of meetings, Knight and the other conference SAAC representatives heard from a variety of speakers, including the NCAA Division I Governors and Team Impact. Attendees participated in small group discussions to share experiences and ideas regarding the early recruiting process for potential student-athletes, as well as the undergraduate and graduate transfer process.
The second day of informational sessions included administration representatives from all three NCAA divisions engaging in meaningful conversation with participants on sexual assault and mental health with the goal to spread awareness of these issues on their individual campuses. The day ended with a group visit to The Escape Room for some friendly competition and teamwork development. The final day was full of conversation and reflection on the meetings and the plans to bring these conversations back to the individual conference meetings.
“My trip to the Division I National SAAC meetings was an amazing experience,” commented Knight. “To be in a room with so many people who are passionate about improving the student-athlete experience was a great feeling. I am extremely grateful to represent the WAC.”
Knight will travel with fellow UMKC SAAC representatives Paige Husa from the women’s basketball team and Bryce Miller of the men’s track and field and cross country team to Bakersfield, Calif., for WAC SAAC meetings on July 21-23.
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