Mission Statement:

"The Rollins College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) brings together representativesfrom each of the college’s sports teams for the purpose of addressing student-athlete concerns and promoting a stronger connection between Rollins athletics and the larger campus community. The Rollins SAAC strives to sponsor and participate in activities that support the enrichment of the Rollins campus and the greater community. The Rollins SAAC hopes to integrate the experiences and talents of student-athletes into the college mission of educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership."




Though the focus of campus SAACs is intended to be more parochial in nature, communication among campus and national SAACs offers student-athletes the opportunity to shape the landscape of intercollegiate athletics.

Functions of campus SAACs:

  • Promote communication between athletics administration and student-athletes.
  • Disseminate information.
  • Provide feedback and insight into athletics department issues.
  • Generate a student-athlete voice within the campus athletics department formulation of policies.
  • Build a sense of community within the athletics program involving all athletics teams.
  • Solicit student-athlete responses to proposed conference and NCAA legislation.
  • Organize community service efforts.
  • Create a vehicle for student-athlete representation on campus-wide committees (e.g., student government).
  • Promote a positive student-athlete image on campus.




2015 Student-Athlete Formal



"A few years ago, we moved away from 'officers' in the usual sense of the word to more of a leadership team.  The leaders are the chairs for the four different teams the group determined as what they wanted to focus on this year," - SAAC Advisor Jude Wolbert 

Those areas are:

Student Success - Connor Ronan (M. Lacrosse - leader) and Ginevra Czech (W. Lacrosse - leader)

-The mission of the student-athlete success focus group is to foster the total development of student-athletes by helping them reach their full potential both academically and personally.  The group strives to allow student-athletes to transition to college life and maintain an exemplary level of student performance through peer support.

Community Engagement - Jessica Wilson (Volleyball - SAAC co-chair) and Annie Dulman (W. Golf - leader)

-The mission of the community engagement focus group is to foster relationships within the Winter Park and Orlando communities by promoting and providing opportunities for service and community involvement.

Fundraising - Gabriella Viljoen (Waterski - SAAC co-chair) and Francesca Champin (Cross Country - leader)

-The mission of the fundraising focus group is to raise awareness and funds for the Feed The Need initiative and Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as working alongside and assisting our fellow focus groups in their individual fundraising goals.

School Spirit - Spencer Mumford (Baseball - leader), Marie Gilbert (W. Basketball - leader) and Hally Leadbetter (W. Golf - leader)

-The mission of the school spirit focus group is to enrich the overall student experience by encouraging the support of fellow Tars and promoting various college sponsored events.

S.A.A.C. Website - Collyn Welsch (Volleyball - leader)

-The mission of the S.A.A.C. website group is to develop site content and graphics by coordinating with the athletic communications staff; designing layout, images, banners, etc.


The 61st Annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade showcased Rollins athletes, holiday-themed floats, and Santa Claus.

On Saturday, December 6, the 62nd Annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade, hosted by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, marched its way down Park Avenue. This family-friendly occasion showcased Rollins athletes, holiday-themed floats, Santa Claus, and well-known community leaders. More than 100 student athletes, representing a cross-section of men’s and women’s Rollins athletic teams, marched and handed out candy and schedules of upcoming sporting events to the close to 15 thousand members of the Winter Park community in attendance.