Hays, C-USA SAAC Reps Volunteer at North Texas Food Bank



July 12, 2013

IRVING, Texas - Sixteen representatives from the C-USA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) volunteered Friday morning at the North Texas Food Bank. The group made the visit as part of their annual meeting at the C-USA offices and led the conference's continued efforts to become the best Division I-A collegiate conference in athletics, academics and in the community.

Members of the SAAC group and their advisors split into two groups and helped sort produce for needy families. By the end of the shift, NTFB Director of Corporate Engagement Elizabeth Liser told the group they had boxed more than 300 containers, weighing 12,000 pounds and providing 10,000 nutritious meals.

Following the work, the group received a tour of the North Texas Food Bank facility and learned how they could best execute their annual campus food drives as part of their "Let's SAAC Hunger" campaign held each fall.

Conference USA student-athletes in attendance included:

  • Natalie Capone, Charlotte Softball
  • Jill Jelnick, East Carolina Softball
  • La'Shae White, FIU Track & Field
  • Amanda Odato, Florida Atlantic Women's Soccer
  • Mary Kate Hays, Louisiana Tech Cross Country
  • Zane Gibson, Middle Tennessee Men's Basketball
  • Zach Orr, North Texas Football
  • Ashley Betz-White, Old Dominion Women's Basketball
  • Christal Porter, Rice Women's Basketball
  • Dasman McCullum, Southern Miss Football
  • Brian Lozes, Tulane Cross Country (National SAAC Rep)
  • Amber Bennett, Tulane Volleyball
  • Michael Mudoh, Tulsa Football
  • Kaycee Ike, UAB Football
  • Hunter Nix, UTEP Football
  • Eric Soza, UTSA Football