NCAA Recognizes New Paltz for Community Service

NEW PALTZ, NY- The State University of New York at New Paltz has been selected as a Division III Student-Athlete Leadership Conference Recognition Award Winner sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) governance staff.

The purpose of the award is to recognize institutions that have successfully completed action plans that impacted the collective good of our community; students, athletes, staff and citizens of the community.

Women’s lacrosse player Courtney Neenan, men’s basketball player Lee Bertram and Associate Athletic Director, Brian Williams traveled to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to attend the conference. During their time at the convention, they were split up into groups to develop an action plan for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). New Paltz SAAC is trying to get more recognition by holding recognition nights for “Student Affairs Divisions” and “Kid’s Sports Night.”

New Paltz finished second in the Northeast Region based on how our SAAC program have impacted the collective good of our community, and the “Community Leaf Raking Project” was a wonderful example of how New Paltz student-athletes were successful in doing so.

New Paltz SAAC received a $300 prize for a second place finish, for the use of development or operations of the State University of New York at New Paltz Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.