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SAAC Sponsors Johnson County Special Olympics Basketball Game

Members of Franklin College’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted a Johnson County Special Olympics basketball game during halftime of the Grizzlies’ men’s basketball game against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on February 3.

The organization also organized a 50/50 raffle drawing, with proceeds supporting Johnson County Special Olympics.

SAAC members served as game officials while two Special Olympics teams participated in a 10-minute game. The players were encouraged by students and fans attending the game, and cheers erupted throughout the Spurlock Center following each made basket.

SAAC will continue to support Johnson County Special Olympics events throughout the calendar year.

Student-Athletes Share Experiences From 2015 SAAC Leadership Retreat
Thirty-two Franklin College student-athletes and selected coaches participated in a two-day leadership retreat at Lakeview Ministries in Seymour, Indiana in preparation for the upcoming 2015-16 athletic season.

All 21 intercollegiate teams had a member participate in the retreat.

Presentations by coaches, a low ropes course, and NCAA DiSC presentation helped the student-athletes learn leadership and team bonding activities to help them with their entire teams for the upcoming season.

Junior softball player Savannah Blevins was able to achieve a better understanding of the importance in blending different personalities among the team achieve goals.

“I learned what type of personality I had based on the DiSC test and was able to see other member’s personalities,” said Blevins. “This really helped me in understanding why I lead the way I do and how others may see that personality type. I will be able to bring this knowledge back to the softball team and have a better view of how to work with different individuals on my team.”

Senior football player Lucas Windell took away leadership skills not only needed to be successful in sports, but also in career goals and building relationships with people.

“Not only did the retreat teach me skills to be a better leader in my sport, but it taught me aspects I can carry into future career, relationships, and the kind of person I want to be.”

Both Blevins and Windell would recommend attending the retreat to teammates and encourages everyone to come together for a common goal.

“It brings all sports together and you get to disconnect from the outside world and focus on your school,” said Windell. “You get to know and learn what everyone else is about and where we want to be as Franklin College leaders.”

Blevins added: “There are parts during the retreat that everyone can relate to. I believe it helped bring some leaders out of their shells and helped others learn how to take a softer approach to being a leader. It is important to be leader on and off the field.”

2014 Grizzly Giveback (PHOTOS)
The Franklin College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the 2014 Grizzly Giveback for the Johnson County Special Olympics and the campus community on Tuesday, May 6 at Faught Stadium.

Grizzly Giveback is the student-athletes' way of thanking the college and the Franklin community for the support during the 2013-14 athletic season.

SAAC presented a check to the Johnson County Special Olympics.

Activities included a dizzy bat race, dunk-a-coach, basketball, soccer, football and cornhole. Food from Sodexo was also provided and raffle drawings for door prizes were awarded throughout the evening.

Below are some photos of the 2014 Grizzly Giveback.

Dunk Contest

SAAC President Dominique Boyd presented a check to Johnson County Special Olympics

Dizzy Bat Race



SAAC Participates with Andrew Luck

in Change the Play Campaign

Franklin College's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee recently participated in the "Change the Play" campaign with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck at the team's complex.

The student-athletes helped spread the message of the importance physical activity can be to local youth in the Indianapolis area.

Andrew Luck was the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and has led the Colts to the playoffs each of the past two seasons.

Members from Franklin's football, women's soccer, women's tennis, men's basketball and women's basketball teams helped with the program.

SAAC & Special Olympics Indiana Partner for Fourth Annual Bowling Event

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) had close to 25 HCAC student-athletes participate in a unified bowling event with approximately 25 Special Olympics of Indiana athletes from Johnson County at Southern Bowl in Greenwood, Indiana on Sunday afternoon.  The occasion continued the conference’s and NCAA Division III’s partnership with Special Olympics and capped off NCAA Division III Week festivities.

The bowling activity followed the annual HCAC SAAC spring meeting, which was held at Valle Vista Golf Club in Greenwood, Indiana.  The SAAC group elected officers for 2014-15 and witnessed a presentation by Special Olympics Indiana. 

“There is no greater sight than a smile,” stated Alicia Kalik, HCAC SAAC President.  “Seeing the smiles on the faces of both the Special Olympians and the HCAC athletes reminds me that the little time we do spend together, makes such an enormous difference.”

Special Olympics is a global, nonprofit organization which gives participants the chance to develop fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and share those skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and community members by providing year-round sports training and athletics competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

“The annual HCAC SAAC unified bowling event was as fun as ever,” stated Michael Furnish, President/CEO of Special Olympics Indiana.  “In the fourth year of our partnership we're beginning to see how much the HCAC can be instrumental in leading social inclusion of people with disabilities.”

The partnership between the HCAC SAAC and Special Olympics aligns with the Division III strategic-positioning platform as the student-athlete becomes more involved in the local community.

“I am very pleased that we are able to partner with Special Olympics,” says HCAC Commissioner, Chris Ragsdale. “The timing of this event fit perfectly with the conclusion of NCAA Division III Week and helped further expand the conference’s community outreach efforts with Special Olympics.  Today’s event has been designed specifically to promote and challenge our membership to continue their outreach with Special Olympics.” 

At the event, student-athletes from the HCAC exchanged a gift from their institution with their Special Olympic athlete pair to help commemorate the event.

Franklin College Students Participate in NCAA’s ‘National Student Athlete Day’ in Indianapolis
Franklin College student athletes recently helped the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) celebrate National Student Athlete Day by participating in events at the organization’s national headquarters in downtown Indianapolis.

The program on April 1 helped recognize students who excel in the classroom and intercollegiate athletics, while also discussing the impact athletics plays on their campus.

Junior baseball players Mitch Frey and Lincoln Jones joined junior Seth Morin of the men’s swimming and diving team in representing Franklin College’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at the event.

 “It is a blessing to a student-athlete,” said Frey, a health science major specializing in pre-physical therapy. “Student Athlete Day taught me how to implement playing sports in college into my resume and best practices in social media.”

Morin, a journalism major with a public relations minor, added, “It was stressed that student athletes should leave a handprint on the world by affecting an individual, a group or a community. This impact can be as simple as smiling at a passerby or reaching out to support someone going through a tough personal loss.”

The three students also realize how athletics has enhanced their academic careers and overall collegiate experience.

“I am more focused and disciplined on my academics during the spring baseball season,” said Jones, who is majoring in business finance and marketing. “Baseball keeps me more on task and helps me manage my time more effectively.”

“Being an athlete has built my self-confidence,” added Morin. “Every athlete has a bad race or swim, just like every student has a bad test grade. You learn from your mistakes.”

“Being an athlete keeps me on top of my game – on the field and in the classroom,” said Frey. “I want to do my best as a student and athlete. I have gained skills and motivation tools that will help me in my future career.”

The three student athletes also cherish the role that Franklin College has played in their academic and athletic development.

“Franklin has a small-town feel and campus culture that’s welcoming. Everyone is willing to help you succeed as a student and athlete,” said Morin.

Jones added, “I have always liked the close-knit community and the stringent academic curriculum. I have grown as a person, and been pushed to prove myself as a student and athlete.”

“There has been a good vibe about Franklin ever since I took my first campus tour. It was the place for me,” said Frey. “I am happy I have been able to play four more years of baseball and continuing the play the sport that I love.”


Grizzly Giveback 2013