NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – St. Bonaventure junior Cody Shimp will serve as the Atlantic 10 representative to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a two-year term that began July 1.
The vice president of the St. Bonaventure SAAC and the SBU student government association, Shimp is a three-year member of the Bonnies baseball team. He also serves on the Atlantic 10 Conference SAAC as one of two St. Bonaventure representatives along with women's lacrosse rising senior Caroline Paterno.
Only 32 student-athletes around the country earn distinction as a conference representative on the Division I SAAC, which allows participation in national meetings that involve discussions on the impact of legislative proposals and a voice in initiatives that support the student-athlete experience.
"It is an incredible honor, a tremendous opportunity," Shimp said. "St. Bonaventure is such a close community and it is awesome to have Bonaventure highlighted at the NCAA national level. I don't take the opportunity lightly. It is a massive responsibility to represent not only St. Bonaventure but the entire Atlantic 10 Conference."
The NCAA Division I SAAC offers input on the rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses. Service on the Division I SAAC involves attending three in-person meetings throughout the year, as well as participating on a number of conference calls. Shimp's appointment will ensure the voice and perspective of Atlantic 10 student-athletes remain at the forefront of NCAA decisions. The NCAA Division I SAAC will also play a role in the process of decision-making regarding student-athlete name, image and likeness policies going forward.
"Cody is a strong leader on our A-10 SAAC and will represent his peers well at the national level. The NCAA D-I SAAC is an effective group with a meaningful voice within the national association," stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. "This opportunity will be truly beneficial for Cody and another step in his career development."
A native of Williamsport, Pa., Shimp has already gained experience in a similar role by representing not only student-athletes but the general student population at Bonaventure through his on-campus roles with SBU SAAC and student government.
"Being involved in student government on campus, SAAC and the various campaigns that we are a part of, has really made me enjoy making sure everyone has a voice in what is going on," said Shimp, who said his involvement in such roles has sparked an interest in a career in politics following graduation.
Shimp was nominated by the Atlantic 10 to the NCAA and selected by the national committee following an application process. Previous representatives have included Erik Janss (La Salle baseball), Abbey Miklitsch (Rhode Island rowing) and Devon Tabata (Duquesne women's soccer).
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