Leadership During a Pandemic
SAAC president offers his take on doing the right thing
Sunday, April 18, 2021
ian blount mid-throw of a javelin at a track meet in 2019

Trinity’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is made up of student-athletes from every Tiger sport, assembled to provide insight on NCAA rules, regulations, and policies. These student-athletes are leaders both on and off the field, nominated by their coaches to represent their team. Together, the SAAC gives a voice to all student-athletes on campus.

SAAC President Ian Blount ’21 offers his take on how student-athlete leadership has shifted this past year:

“In my opinion, leadership in athletics is not simply about hard work in relation to the sport one plays. Leadership is just as equally about the relationship we have with the greater community of Trinity and San Antonio. It encompasses setting an example for the broader community by practicing proper social distancing standards in practice and in life. It encompasses a continued dedication to academic excellence despite the added difficulties we face in everyday life. It includes the philanthropy student-athletes do and their efforts to make a positive impact on those around them. Ultimately, leadership comes down to individuals doing the right thing, whether in their sport or their community, regardless of if anyone is watching or how difficult doing the right thing may be. Through pandemics, winter storms, and everything else life has thrown at us, our athletes have shown diligence and leadership.

“As seasons were canceled in the wake of COVID-19 last spring, student-athletes were tasked with maintaining their ability and fitness on their own. They showed accountability to their teams by continuing to improve, despite the difficult circumstances many faced. Already this year, they have seen their hard work pay dividends, with multiple SCAC titles already this semester and nationally ranked teams. I’m proud to be able to call myself a Trinity student-athlete.”

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee partnered with Trinity Buddies this spring to raise money for local families in need. Read more in the Spring 2021 Trinity magazine article, "Buddy Buddy."

Molly Mohr Bruni is the managing editor for Trinity University Strategic Communications and Marketing.

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