Inside Athletics

Hillsdale College

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 2013-2014

Established 2005


President: Lindsay Kostrzewa

Vice President: Grace Leutheuser

Secretary: Sydney Lenhart

Treasurer: Megan Smith

Student Affairs: Lincoln Reed

Faculty Advisor: Nicole Walbright


Hillsdale College’s SAAC Mission:

The Hillsdale College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s mission is to enhance the student-athlete experience by creating opportunities to give back to a supportive community and reward academic success. SAAC gives athletes a voice in the NCAA. Members represent their teams in fundraising and donating their time to philanthropies while supporting each other. SAAC members promote a positive image for what it means to be a Division II athlete.


Annual Requirements:

  • Have one member of each team represented at every SAAC meeting
  • Provide a “Sport Short” each meeting to update members on each team’s progress and successes
  • Log at least one hour of community service per member
  • Have each team represented at every SAAC event, athletic season permitting

Summary of this year’s events:

  • Volunteer Work
    • As a whole SAAC volunteered at King’s Kupboard, a local food pantry, on Sundays for an hour throughout the year.
  • Individual teams also sponsored months of volunteer work including the following:
    • September: Women’s Basketball
      • 6 hours at King’s Kupboard
    • October: Swimming
    • November: Tennis
      • 20 hours at the Free Methodist Children’s Club
    • February: Volleyball
      • Hillsdale Reading Program
      • 24 hours at Gier Elementary School
  • Week of Wishes, October 4-15
  • Evening of Academic Excellence, January 25
    • Recognized student-athletes who earned a 3.5 GPA or higher during the Fall of 2013 during halftime of a Men’s Basketball game
  • Play4Kay
    • Held first SAAC silent auction with items from local businesses and Charger athletic programs.
    • Raised $923 for breast cancer research
  • National Student-Athlete Day, April 12
    • Gave out free pizza to student-athletes during a Charger softball game
    • Raised $35 from a bake sale for Make-A-Wish
  • Athlete Formal, April 29
    • Our annual fundraiser was successful, raising $347 for Make-A-Wish.

To find out more information about SAAC, or to join, please contact tennis coach Nikki Walbright at (517) 607-3168, or email her at