RICHMOND, VA -- University of Delaware women's tennis player Sarah Hall and track & field team member Tory Engel represented the Blue Hens at the 2017 CAA Student-Athlete Advisory (SAAC) Leadership Summit on June 23-25.

Seventeen SAAC representatives from the conference's 10 institutions assembled in Richmond, to be the voice of their campus SAAC and provide insight on the student-athlete experience through meetings with the school's faculty athletic representatives, while also addressing issues both on the national and conference level.

The Summit began on June 23 with a joint session with CAA Faculty Athletic Representatives (FAR). The two groups discussed several topics, most notably student-athlete time demands and overall well-being. One of the goals coming out of the meeting was to address the concerns and create best practices to assist institutions with enhancing the policies and procedures that already exist on their campuses.

“The CAA SAAC Leadership Summit was an amazing experience, as we were able to connect with other student athletes and work first hand with the CAA administrators” said Hall. “We're excited to take new information and ideas back to UD.”

The group finished out the weekend with team building activities that included community service. The student-athletes created heartwarming cards and filled comfort bags for youth who suffer from cancer and will be delivered to a local hospital. The CAA SAAC representatives also filmed a public service announcement for September's National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. The CAA challenged its member institutions to work with Compliance/SAAC to create an activity day for youth in their local community to help keep kid active and prevent childhood obesity.

“The Leadership Summit was an amazing experience overall and I highly recommend it to future SAAC members. I think the best part was that we were able to meet athletes from each institution who all had the same goal in making their student-athlete experience the best it can be”, Engel commented. “It was amazing to hear what each school did as we gave and took ideas from one another, building a bond so through the school year we can all reach out to one another and tackle issues as a group within the CAA.”

Story written by UD athletics communications intern Grant Roberts; portions of release from CAA.