Devon Tabata Appointed to NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
July 17, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Duquesne women's soccer junior Devon Tabata has been named to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Tabata has joined a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses.
Members are selected by the current Division I SAAC members from a pool of three nominees from each of the represented conferences. Each student-athlete serves a two-year term.
The Division I SAAC reports directly to the Division I Management Council, and two SAAC members participate in each meeting of the Management Council as nonvoting members. It is through this representation on the Management Council and other Division I and Association-wide committees that NCAA Division I student-athletes offer input and assist in shaping the proposed legislation by which their division is governed.
An Association-wide SAAC was adopted at the 1989 NCAA Convention, and was formed primarily to review and offer student-athlete input on NCAA activities and proposed legislation that affected student-athlete well-being.
The initial national committee was comprised of student-athletes from a non-federated membership. Its purpose was to ensure that the student-athlete voice was one that accounted for the myriad of educational and athletics experiences of a diverse group of female and male student-athletes at all NCAA member institutions. In August 1997, the NCAA federated into three divisions.
Each committee is comprised of a diverse group of female and male student-athletes charged with the responsibility of assisting in the review of NCAA proposed legislation and representing the voice of student-athletes in the NCAA governance structure. This is accomplished by providing student-athlete input on issues related to student-athlete well-being that are division-specific and Association-wide. (Federation has increased student-athlete participation in the governance process of intercollegiate athletics, by increasing the number of SAAC members from the former Association-wide committee of 28 student-athletes to a total of 80 members serving on the national Divisions I, II and III committees).
The input of the respective Divisions I, II and III SAACs continues to be sought by a variety of constituencies within the Association. Student-athlete committee members have the opportunity to speak with their respective NCAA Management and Presidents Councils, have representation on many Association-wide committees, and continue to speak to legislative issues on the NCAA Convention floor.
Tabata, whose appointment began on July 1st, will serve on the committee for two years.