ELMHURST, Ill. - Omaha men's tennis student-athlete Alex Woodward has been selected as The Summit League representative for the NCAA Division I National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Woodward will serve a two-year term and it marks the first time a UNO student-athlete has served on the Division I national committee.
"I want to make an impact," Woodward said. "This opportunity allows me to represent Summit League student-athletes by giving me the opportunity to discuss and make legislative recommendations and decisions that will continue to enhance the student-athlete experience. It is important for our voices to be heard. I can't thank Summit League administrators Eryn (Cook) and Ricky (Babcock) enough for being an invaluable resource throughout my experience serving on the SAAC."
As a member of the Division I SAAC, Woodward joins other conference representatives to partner with the NCAA and vote on legislation regarding student-athlete welfare. The Division I SAAC reports directly to the Division I Council, which reports to the Board of Directors.
"Alex has always been an incredibly focused and self-motivated person with an impressive attention to detail," Omaha men's tennis head coach Tyson Thomas said. "The student-athletes in The Summit League can rest assured that they have a representative that will go the extra mile for them."
The mission of the NCAA Division I National SAAC is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by protecting their well-being, fostering a positive image and inclusive environment, along with promoting student-athlete engagement at the national, conference and local levels. National SAAC representatives will meet Oct. 13-15, 2017, in Chicago and Jan. 17-20, 2018, in conjunction with the 2018 NCAA Convention.
"I am thrilled for Alex to be a part of this experience," Summit League Assistant Commissioner of Compliance & Governance and League SAAC Co-Advisor Eryn Cook said. "He has a unique perspective that will lend itself well to the increased conversations and input Division I SAAC will have in creating a better student-athlete experience for current and future student-athletes."
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.