National Student-Athlete Day: North Florida's Taryn Griffey & Fynn Timm



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 North Florida's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee were Taryn Griffey (Volleyball) and Fynn Timm (Men's Cross Country and Track & Field) as they answered a few questions about their involvement with SAAC and its Impact on their lives.

Taryn Griffey, Volleyball & Beach Volleyball
Q1: How has being involved with SAAC impacted your life?

- SAAC has impacted my life in unimaginable ways. I used to constantly think to myself 'Wow, I have it really good. I’m a D-I athlete playing two sports that I love. I couldn’t have it any better, but if only there was some way I could give back' and SAAC was the answer. It’s my way to give back to the community and other athletes in appreciation for all that I have.

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 is getting together every month for our meeting. When I first joined SAAC it was a way for me to get to know other athletes that I had never met before. Our SAAC advisor, Kendra, is absolutely amazing and she is the main reason I really love being involved with this committee.

Q3: How have you helped promote SAAC to other student-athletes that aren't involved currently?
- I have helped promote SAAC by informing my teammates about the committee as well as using my social media platform to promote the different events we do. I encourage any athlete to come join us. It’s an amazing experience and a great way to give back and reflect on all that we’re grateful for as D1 athletes.

Q4: What project/community service effort are you most proud of during your time at your institution and describe it shortly. 
- During my indoor volleyball season I contacted a woman named Grace Waller. She runs an organization called “Amazing Grace” that collects donations to make care packages for kids/students with cancer. Grace has a very unique story and I strongly encourage everyone to check out her website and charity. Grace helped me set up a page that collected money on the night of our big rival match vs JU. The event was very successful and that was by far my favorite community service effort. 

Fynn Timm, Men's Cross Country and Track & Field
Q1: How has being involved with SAAC impacted your life?
- I am from Germany and when I first came to the US my English wasn’t the best. I only went to SAAC once my freshmen year because I was scared that I will have to talk in front of people. My sophomore year your team was lacking representatives, so I thought that it was time to step out of my comfort zone and become the teams SAAC representative. Since joining SAAC I got a lot more comfortable talking in front of people and sharing ideas. It has definitely had a great impact especially leaving my comfort zone and being more public.

Q2: What has been your favorite part about being involved with SAAC on your campus or in the ASUN?
- It is great to meet new people from other teams and other schools and hear about their life’s as student athletes. Also getting the opportunity to actually make a change on your campus and help athletics to grow has been a big motivation about being involved with SAAC.

Q3: How have you helped promote SAAC to other student-athletes that aren't involved currently?
- For a lot of people SAAC is a thing that they have to go to because coaches make them go but I always tell people that it is more than that, you get the chance for your voice and opinion to be heard, you get to interact with the other teams and bond as an athletic family and most importantly it gives you the chance to involved with something bigger than your team and build your resume.

Q4: What project/community service effort are you most proud of during your time at your institution and describe it shortly. 
- I was supporting a young boy called Silas Faires. He was suffering from Mitochondrial Depletion Syndrome, an eventual fatal disease. Silas wasn’t able to really speak or walk but he was a through and through positive kid when he had the energy. The UNF Basketball team and I would spend time with him and some of the players and I would go to the movie theater and watch super hero movies with him and his two younger siblings. I have never met someone that loved super hearos more than Silas. Spending time with him was one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life and it taught me to appreciate every day and attack it no matter the challenge ahead of you. Seeing him weakening and knowing that his days are limited was one of the most painful things for me. Silas passed away on April 27, 2017, a few hours after he spend time with the basketball team and me one last time.



 

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