As The Summit League’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) prepares to host its 10th annual meeting in Chicago, the league will profile one of the league’s nine institution’s SAAC representatives each weekday leading up to the July 25-27 meeting.
This year’s SAAC representatives consist of 18 student-athletes from nine different sports – five volleyball players, four cross country/track and field athletes, three swimming and diving athletes and one athlete from each of the following sports, men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, golf, tennis and baseball. The group consists of eight seniors, eight juniors, one sophomore and one former student-athlete.
Today, we get to know Denver’s Kate Acker and Oliver Brown.
Sr. | Volleyball | Waukesha, Wis.
Favorite summer vacation spot: Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Currently on your music play list: Brett Eldridge and Thomas Rhett.
Funniest memory from youth sports: Begging to play goalie all season when I was in second grade and getting 14 goals scored on me the first opportunity my coach gave me.
Actor/actress that would play you in a movie: Jennifer Garner.
Remembering your first college competition: That I couldn't breathe the entire time.
The sport you would be playing, if you weren’t playing your current sport: Gymnastics. I loved it the most when I was younger.
Favorite athlete growing up: Misty May. She won gold in Athens when I first started playing volleyball.
Favorite professional sports team: Green Bay Packers.
Three things in life you couldn’t live without: Family, friends, and sunshine. Each one of those things always lead to my happiest and funniest Days!
Three people in history you would want to join you at a four-person table: Jesus, Chris Farley, my grandpa.
Favorite television show: Scandal.
Best advice you’ve ever received: The world isn't out to get you, they are out for themselves. Don't take things too personally. Keep smiling.
Sr. | Men’s Soccer | Louisville, Ky.
Favorite summer vacation spot: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Currently on your music play list: Mostly country music for the summertime.
Funniest memory from youth sports: I jumped up on my mom’s car the day before a big soccer game trying to scare her while she was backing up. I ended up slicing my leg open and needing stitches. My mom and I drove around Iowa with half of our team in the car trying to find a hospital. She still gets mad when I talk about to this day. I was able to play and we won the game, so ultimately I found the whole situation pretty funny.
Actor/actress that would play you in a movie: Ben Affleck.
Remembering your first college competition: I was a pretty skinny freshman and went up to catch a cross against an opposing player who was much bigger than I was. He put me flat on my back and I got the wind knocked out of me. Although he didn’t score, he definitely won the battle.
The sport you would be playing, if you weren’t playing your current sport: Basketball. I grew up in Louisville, Ky., and I am a huge Cardinals basketball fan. My dad played in college and I played growing up. I love playing still and try to whenever I get a chance.
Favorite athlete growing up: Michael Jordan. I had a Bulls jersey when I was very young and used to pretend I was him when I would dunk on my plastic hoop with my mini ball.
Favorite professional sports team: This is hard because my home city doesn’t have a professional sports team, but I’d have to say it’s the Broncos after living in Denver for three years.
Three things in life you couldn’t live without: Music – I am always listening to music whether I am just laying around or studying. I love all music and definitely couldn’t live without it. The outdoors – whether its sports or just riding bikes I really love being outside. I don’t like sitting around doing nothing, so I definitely couldn’t live without a little outdoors adventure. My mom – I am a huge momma’s boy and she does so much to help me out every day. I wouldn’t even be playing a college sport if it wasn’t for her, and I definitely could not live without her.
Three people in history you would want to join you at a four-person table: Hunter S. Thompson, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln.
Favorite television show: Entourage.
Best advice you’ve ever received: “If it were easy, everyone would be doing it.”