Three Wittenberg University student-athletes and two athletic department administrators attended an NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Regional Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Jan. 21-23.
The student-athletes — Tristan Murray, a junior football player from New Carlisle, Ohio, Brady Hively, a junior men’s soccer player from Baltimore, Ohio, and Kristyn Russell, a junior women’s tennis player from Loveland, Ohio — are all active in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at Wittenberg.
They were invited to participate in the conference “to discuss opportunities and challenges specific to their division and to prepare student-athletes for leadership in a diverse and dynamic society,” according to the NCAA news release.
Wittenberg Director of Athletics and Recreation Garnett Purnell and Tooti Snider, assistant to the director of athletics and SAAC adviser, joined them at the conference, which exceeded the participants’ expectations.
“This was a great experience for me and our student-athletes,” said Snider, who was an all-conference women’s soccer player at the University of Findlay before graduating in 2001.
“Any time we can help our student-athletes improve their leadership abilities and give them an opportunity to interact with student-athletes from other campuses is great.”
Wittenberg’s SAAC is a campus committee assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. As a group, it offers input on the rules, regulations and polices that affect student-athletes’ lives.