MACON, Ga. – Lipscomb track and field athlete April Terry has been named Vice Chair of the Atlantic Sun Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the 2014-2015 year.
Each spring student-athletes across the conference are selected to the SAAC to enhance the experience of student-athletes, encourage sound academic practices, inspire good sportsmanship, and bring to attention the future needs of conference athletics.
“I am honored to represent Lipscomb on the Atlantic Sun SAAC,” Terry said. “This is a great opportunity for the school to show how we cultivate leaders. I praise God for the opportunity to show how good He is.”
Terry is no stranger to SAAC duties as she is currently the president of the Lipscomb SAAC. She felt a strong push toward joining after attending her first A-Sun SAAC meeting.
“I attended my first A-Sun SAAC meeting my sophomore year, and became passionate about Lipscomb's SAAC after hearing of what other institutions did on their campuses,” Terry said. “I want other athletes to experience the ‘aha’ moment I had, and help others grow in their leadership. I simply want to give back to the SAAC what it has given me.”
Terry feels this year has been the most active for the Lipscomb SAAC.
This year the members have made substantial progress in service projects, athlete panels and discussions, and even playing a prominent role in the first-ever Lippy Awards.
“While I am happy to share all the things we have done, I'm more excited to share how we did it and how others can do more with their committees,” Terry said. “I can show what the SAAC can do because I've done it, and can use the leadership I learned as president here to lead in the A-Sun.”
Bill Taylor, Lipscomb’s director of track and field and cross country, had nothing but praise for Terry and her new role.
"April has probably been the best Lipscomb SAAC leader ever, so it is no surprise that her talents and passion are being tapped by the conference SAAC,” Taylor said. “Her vision and desire to do amazing things is huge, and she will be a huge asset to the A-Sun SAAC in this role."
With the A-Sun SAAC meetings taking place on Lipscomb’s campus this year, Terry is not only looking forward to showing off the campus, but she also looks to encourage strong relationships between student-athletes.
“I want the athletes to have more time together, as it has been a privilege to create relationships with student athletes from other schools,” Terry said. “We understand each other and can support one another through this experience, so there will be more ‘get to know’ time during the meetings.”
Most recently the SAAC emphasized community service by collaborating with the Daniel Foundation, a program aimed at enhancing the lives of children and families in the community.
Members spent the day with children of all ages playing games and sports.
Terry will be taking over the role of Vice Chair for James Hadley, men’s soccer player for USC Upstate.