AUGUSTA, Ga. – Georgia College has won the school’s first Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Student-Athlete Committee (SAAC) Challenge Award. This award is presented annually to the one PBC institution whose SAAC displays overall best commitment to academics, sportsmanship and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Points are tallied throughout the academic year in six categories: attendance at conference-wide SAAC meetings, community service which includes engagement and the dollar amount of funds raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, number of PBC Elite 15 Award winners at the institution, percentage of PBC Presidential Honor roll students and points earned towards the PBC Team Sportsmanship Awards.
“I’m very proud of our student-athletes and our members of SAAC,” said head volleyball coach and SACC advisor Gretchen Krumdieck. “They have worked very hard in the classroom, on the court and field, and in our community. They have done some extraordinary things and have a lot more planned for this year!”
Georgia College athletics had a record-breaking 136 student-athletes receive the PBC Presidential Honor Roll for the 2015-16 academic year. Ally Barys (Ladera Ranch, California) of the 2015-16 soccer team was among these scholars and also received the PBC Elite 15 award alongside Evyn Smith (Long Island, New York) of the men’s basketball team.
Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams received the PBC Team Sportsmanship Awards to add to the points which helped to place Georgia College at the top to claim the Challenge Award.
The Georgia College SAAC looks forward to continuing to promote student-athlete success in academics, sportsmanship, and community engagement for the 2016-2017 school year.
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