Rebels To Attend SEC Joint SAAC, Leadership Council Meeting
July 6, 2017
BIRMINGHAM – Five Ole Miss student athletes, including quarterback Shea Patterson, will join other Southeastern Conference student athletes in a joint meeting of the SEC Student-Athlete Leadership Councils and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Friday through Sunday in Birmingham.
This marks the first joint meeting of these groups since Commissioner Greg Sankey introduced them in 2016. Leadership councils for the sports of football and men’s and women’s basketball were created to provide student-athletes with additional opportunities to engage with campus leaders and conference office staff.
Other Ole Miss student-athletes that will also make the trip to Birmingham include Alex Schneider from softball, Beau Briggs from the Ole Miss men’s golf team who will represent Ole Miss’ SAAC group, along with Breein Tyree and Shandricka Sessom who are members of the men and women’s basketball leadership councils.
Twenty-eight SAAC representatives will begin the three-day meeting on Friday afternoon. The student-athletes will participate in a presentation by Josh Foliart of Growing Leaders, and they will also have an opportunity to share programming ideas from their respective on-campus committees.
Saturday’s schedule includes a meeting with Commissioner Sankey, who will lead a discussion on a variety of topics chosen by the student-athletes. Former student-athletes Chris Draft and Freddie Scott II will also speak to the group, and SEC Assistant Commissioner Matt Boyer will review the SEC and NCAA governance structure and approved legislation for the 2017-18 school year.
Saturday afternoon the group will participate in community service projects at the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama and the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. The Community Food Bank operates as a central clearinghouse for collecting food, and it serves 12 counties in Alabama. Hope Lodge offers free lodging to cancer patients and their families, and it also provides a variety of resources and information about cancer and how best to fight the disease.
The meeting will conclude on Sunday with an emphasis on career development. SEC Director of Student-Athlete Engagement Misty Brown and Jametta K. White will address the group.
Student-athletes attending the meeting include:
Football Leadership Council Representatives:
Men’s Basketball Leadership Council Representatives:
Women’s Basketball Leadership Council Representatives:
About The Presenters
Josh Foliart is a former student-athlete at the University of Arkansas. His focus has been on launching and growing MULTIPLi, a non-profit with a purpose of training and equipping 500 leaders from around the world.
Freddie Scott II serves as president of Unlock the Champion, a non-profit organization committed to leadership development and empowering people to understand and maximize their influence by knowing their worth and leading with values.
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