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BIG EAST Conference SAAC assists with Special Olympics Rhode Island Unified Bowling Tournament



PROVIDENCE, R.I. - On Saturday, March 31st, the BIG EAST Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) performed a community service day with Special Olympics Rhode Island. Fourteen student-athletes and athletic administrators representing various BIG EAST Conference schools, visited East Providence Bowling Lanes and assisted with their Unified Bowling Tournament for over 200 athletes.

The community service event, coordinated through Special Olympics Rhode Island, was the result of the student-athletes desire to take on a meaningful community service activity, and was planned in conjunction with the annual SAAC meeting that takes place at the BIG EAST Conference headquarters in Providence, RI. SAAC members, guided by the principles of ethics, integrity, sportsmanship and a respect for diversity, play a leadership role in promoting community service at the campus level as well as to establish a conference wide community service initiative. Jennifer Condaras, Assistant Commissioner for Compliance at the BIG EAST said, "our student-athletes were excited to assist with the Unified Bowling Tournament with Special Olympics Rhode Island. They enjoyed meeting all of the participating athletes and had a great time. Kenny Schank, Assistant Director of Compliance, did a terrific job of coordinating the efforts for the event."

About Special Olympics Rhode Island
The Special Olympics Rhode Island program is one of the world's most dynamic, providing over 1,400 year-round sports training and athletic competitions for more than 2,700 athletes and hosting over 40 local, regional, and statewide tournaments and competitions each year in 25 official and demonstration sports. Special Olympics Rhode Island's innovative programs also include the Unified Sports Program for athletes with and without intellectual disabilities, the Motor Activities Training Program for athletes with profound disabilities, Young Athletes Program, Healthy Athletes Program and the Global Messenger Program for athletes who serve as spokespeople for Special Olympics.
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About the BIG EAST Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
The BIG EAST Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) serves as the voice of student-athletes hailing from thirteen member institutions and competing in seventeen sports. In doing so, the committee's mission is to improve the communication with all student-athletes at member institutions as well as between institutions, take an active role understanding and providing feedback regarding NCAA and Conference legislation, and promote student-athlete well-being, academic achievement, personal development and community service.