- To encourage communication between Linfield student-athletes and the athletic administration.
- To identify and address the needs and concerns of Linfield student-athletes.
- To promote and support Linfield athletics.
- To enhance the image of the Linfield student-athlete through campus engagement and community outreach.
SAAC meets every other Monday at 9 p.m. Please contact us if you would like to attend a meeting.
*Date and time subject to change
|Vice President||Kelly Watanabe
|Advisor||Katherine Brackmann||Assistant Director-External Relations/SWA|
Community Service & Events
Recess at Sue Buel Elementary
Every week, Linfield student-athletes volunteer at Sue Buel Elementary School, serving as positive role models for the young students on the recess grounds.
As active participants in the NCAA Division III Special Olympics Partnership, Linfield's athletic teams engage with Special Olympics athletes in a variety of ways, including fundraising, assisting with practices and inviting Special Olympians and their families to attend Linfield home sporting events.
The Northwest Conference SAAC sponsors an annual fundraising contest in which each member institution organizes a coin drive to benefit a charity of its choosing. The school that raises the greatest amount of money in two days' time is declared the winner and receives both a traveling banner and bragging rights. In 2014, Linfield raised $1,100 to contribute to a fundraising effort to build a soccer field and track for the Open Arms Village and surrounding community in Kenya. The previous year, the Wildcats chose to raise funds for one of their own, a student-athlete afflicted with brain cancer, and brought in $617 to help her and her family defray medical costs. In its first two years, Linfield's SAAC raised $545.35 to benefit YCAP's Friday Family Food program, which provides two weekend meals to children and their families who qualify for free or reduced meals at three elementary schools in Yamhill County.
NCAA Division III Week
Partnering with the Linfield Athletic Department and in conjunction with the NCAA, SAAC celebrates Division III Week in April of each year to showcase the division’s focus on the entire athletic experience: academic, athletic and extra-curricular. To commemorate "40 Years of Division III" in 2014, the Wildcats hosted a student-athlete talent show and student-athlete barbeque, and featured profiles of student-athletes that best embody the Division III philosophy on the athletics website and on printed materials around campus. In 2013, SAAC coordinated several activities for Division III Week, including a “Team Wear Day,” Special Olympics Basketball Tournament Fundraiser and a speech by nationally recognized motivational speaker Dr. Will Keim.