National Student-Athlete Day: Lipscomb's Kate Mason & Ahmed Amaar



LakePoint, Ga. –
In celebration of the 25th annual NCAA National Student-Athlete Day, the ASUN Conference is highlighting student-athletes from all eight of its member institutions that go behind their contributions on their field of competition and in the classroom. 

These student-athletes put in additional time and work to make a difference on their campus through participation with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, helping to amplify the voice of student-athletes locally, in the conference and across the NCAA. Selected by Lipscomb's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee were Kate Mason (Women's Soccer) and Ahmed Amaar (Men's Track & Field) as they answered a few questions about their involvement with SAAC and its Impact on their lives.

Kate Mason, Women's Soccer - Lipscomb SAAC Chair
Q1: How has being involved with SAAC impacted your life?

- SAAC has given me a platform to make a difference at the institutional, conference, and community levels. I have loved seeing and playing a part in everything that goes on behind the scenes of collegiate athletics. I had no idea the amount of care and effort administrators and staff members pour in to ensuring each student-athlete leaves their institution more equipped for life than when they got there. It has also been a wonderful opportunity to learn more about myself and develop key leadership skills. I have gained valuable experience from leading meetings, voting on legislation, and organizing various projects and community service opportunities that will undoubtedly carry over to my career in the business world. 

Q2: What has been your favorite part about being involved with SAAC on your campus or in the ASUN?
- My favorite part about being involved with SAAC has been the relationships I've formed over the years. I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with administrators within our institutional athletic department, athletes from all of our different sports teams, and even staff and SAAC members from other institutions in the conference as well. It has always been about more than just winning games, matches, or events with the ASUN; everyone truly strives to make the experience for all student-athletes a positive one. 

Q3: How have you helped promote SAAC to other student-athletes that aren't involved currently?
- The key to promoting SAAC has been making sure people are informed about not only what it is, but also why we have it. As student-athletes we want our voices to be heard and make a difference in the lives of those around us and SAAC helps us do just that. I take any opportunity I get to share our mission and answer any questions people have. 

Q4: What project/community service effort are you most proud of during your time at your institution and describe it shortly. 
- My favorite community service project has been working with Project Life Movement to add people to the bone marrow donor registry. To be a match for someone and save their life is an incredible opportunity for college students to make an impact in this world and I’m glad that I got to be apart of it.

Ahmed Amaar, Men's Track & Field - ASUN SAAC Vice Chair
Q1: How has being involved with SAAC impacted your life?
- From the get-go, SAAC just clicked with me. I am a very outgoing person who is passionate about helping others, so being able to represent my teammates, school and conference has been absolutely incredible. SAAC has also developed my leadership skills tremendously, if you met me prior to SAAC, it would have been a completely different Ahmed.

Q2: What has been your favorite part about being involved with SAAC on your campus or in the ASUN?
- Besides leadership development, the connections and friendships I have made with other Student-Athletes and administrators is something I am extremely thankful for. Whether its running an idea off of them, or just catching up and talking, I have made bonds that would never have been possible without SAAC.

Q3: How have you helped promote SAAC to other student-athletes that aren't involved currently?
- I try my best to spread what we talk about in our meetings at school and the ASUN level to as many other Student-Athletes as possible. Informing them of what is going on is extremely important and while I have not been able to talk to everyone, I work hard to spread the message as much as possible

Q4: What project/community service effort are you most proud of during your time at your institution and describe it shortly. 
- The ASUN recently partnered with the Project Life Movement, an organization that collects cheek swabs to test for potential bone-marrow matches. I was able to take a big leadership position in setting up the event, publicizing, and working event. The results were incredible, we collected 114 swabs, which for a school our size was incredible! To think that we may have aided in saving someone else's life meant a lot to me, and being able to get those numbers was fantastic as well. 

 

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