The Student-Athlete Affairs program community service initiatives are geared to exposing student-athletes to the importance of serving the surrounding communities, both on and off campus. Giving back to your community is not only good for the community but it also provides student-athletes with a valuable education. The Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) plays a very active role in developing and implementing community service events for SAAC and Intercollegiate teams.
SAAC Sponsored Community Service Events:
George Mason Book Buddies
After partnering with Fairfax Villa Elementary school for two years for Read Across America, SAAC decided to start a reading program with the school. The program is run on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30am - 11:00am, student-athletes are able to visit classrooms and read various books to children in grades K-6.
A-10 SAAC Video Challenge
The inaugural competition, which took place during 2010-11 academic year, involved the creation of videos that promoted an NCAA or institutional core value (e.g., sportsmanship, sense of community, commitment to service, academic and athletic excellence), or an ideal that student-athletes are especially proud of or passionate about. There were a total of seven institutional entries for this first-ever competition. The competition generated over 3,100 online votes, with roughly 40 percent of those votes going to the University of Dayton (1,204), which sealed their victory in the first-ever competition and they also finished second in the campus SAAC vote.
2012-13: Evolution of the Student-Athlete
2013-14: Currently being voted for
Video Competition Information
Canned Food Drive
In November and April, SAAC puts on a canned food drive to help those in need in the Fairfax community. Every team receives a different item to bring to the food drive. Canned food are collected for a month and donated the week before Thanksgiving & Easter.
Aimee Willard Memorial 5K Fun Run/Walk
In collaboration with the Annual Victims' Rights 5k Run/Walk. Mason Athletics and the Patriot Club partner with GMU Police, ROTC and Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Educations Services (WAVES) to combine both races into one large event to further promote Victims' Rights Week as well as increase awareness and education as part of a campus-wide effort to prevent sexual assault. All funds raised by the Mason Athletics Department went to the Aimee Willard Endowment Scholarship Fund honoring the memory of the former Patriot student-athlete.
Local & Nationally Celebrated Community Service Events:
Dulles Day Plane Pull
For the first time at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year Mason Athletics participated in the Dulles Day Plane Pull. This event is to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics athletes. The event takes place at Dulles Airport; they shut down an entire portion of the tarmac for the plane pull. The event is more than just a plane pull, they also had a car show, aircraft displays and a Kids' Zone.
2011 Dulles Plane Pull Photo Gallery
Happy Heart Walk
Annual event where members of Mason community, Student-Athletes, and Staff/Faculty take a one-mile walk around campus to promote Healthy Heart Awareness in September. The walk takes place at all three campuses: Fairfax (main campus), Arlington, and Prince William.
2011 Happy Heart Walk Photo Gallery
Annual event put on my George Mason University Student Government. Members of the Fairfax community are able to bring their young kids to the campus where various organizations at Mason, set up an activity for them. In years past Mason Athletic teams would be present at this event by getting a table and doing face painting with the kids.
Read Across America
The reading celebration takes place every year on March 2nd in commemoration of Dr. Seuss' birthday. This national event unites thousands of libraries, community centers and schools to encourage our nation's youth to come together and start befriending their books.
2012 Read Across America Photo Gallery