SEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Participates in ''Together We CAN'' Drive

Sept. 18, 2009

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is coordinating its third annual league-wide food drive during the dates of Sept. 18-27. All 12 SEC institutions are participating by collecting food and financial donations at various sporting events, community locations and on campuses.


During last year's food drive, the SEC SAAC raised more than 150,000 pounds of food and donations that benefited local food banks and shelters.


The SEC SAAC is comprised of two student-athletes from each institution. The SAAC was established in 1992 to serve as a medium of communication through which student-athletes, conference administrators, institutional representatives and coaches discuss and take action on issues relating to rules governance, student-athlete welfare and community service.


Members of the SEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for 2009-10 are: Allyson Angle (Alabama, women's swimming); Nathan Corder (Alabama, men's track); Amanda Caldwell (Arkansas, softball); Michelle Stout (Arkansas, gymnastics); Addison Ragsdale (Auburn, soccer); Dan Mazzaferro (Auburn, men's diving); Bobby Walsh (Florida, men's swimming); Ashley Kerr (Florida, gymnastics);  Jamaal Parker (Georgia, men's track); Taylor Adams (Georgia, women's track); Christine Johnston (Kentucky, women's tennis); Jennifer Pason (Kentucky, rifle); Lauren Saucier (LSU, women's track); Orlando Gunn (LSU, football); Juliana Smith (Ole Miss, women's track); Colin Moleton (Ole Miss, men's track); Misty Flesher (Mississippi State, softball); D.J. Looney (Mississippi State, football); Patrick Rada (South Carolina, men's golf); Kacie Brewer (South Carolina, soccer); Geoff Sanders (Tennessee, men's swimming); Holly Kane (Tennessee, women's track) and Jessica Cohen (Vanderbilt, women's swimming).


A list of the athletic events and activities where donations can be collected will be posted on the SEC's official website,, and listed below.



Who: Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) members from each SEC institution


What: League-wide canned food and financial donation drive


When: September 18-27, 2009


Where: Home athletics contests held on campus during the 10 days identified as well as designated community locations.


Why: Community service is an important part of the student-athlete experience. Individuals in the SEC footprint enthusiastically support student-athletes with their presence, finances and well-wishes. Giving back is a natural reaction by students.


How: During the designated timeframe, each campus SAAC will play a primary role in organizing and carrying out a canned food and financial donation drive at its institution. At the conclusion of the drive, the SEC will announce the 12-school total of donations collected and highlight the work done by the student-athletes of the Southeastern Conference.


School Athletic Event Breakdown





  • Benefiting God's Pantry of Lexington


  • Events with Collections: Women's Soccer at UK Soccer Complex on Sept. 18; Volleyball at Memorial Coliseum on Sept. 25; and Football at Commonwealth Stadium on Sept. 26


  • Other Places to Donate: Participating Fayette Country Kroger stores; and God's Pantry online