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Student Athletes share their voices in OSAAC

Maddie Suhrheinrich, Business Manager

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The Okemos Student Athlete Advisory Council (OSAAC), created in 2017 by Ira Childress, allows the voices of student athletes to be heard.

“When Mr. Childress was interviewing for this position, one of the things he suggested to do was the importance of having students’ voices,” Christine Sermak said. “You could have the voice of the principal, athletic director, or the coaches, but we’re doing this for the student athlete, so what he did was start a student athlete advisory board.”

To be selected for OSAAC, a student athlete must be nominated by his/her coach. Each sport sends one athlete to represent his/her team in the committee.

Through this committee, the members come together to better the experience for all student athletes in Okemos.

“You can’t be at your best unless you have consistent input and a consistent voice from student athletes,” Childress said.

Each member has a variety of tasks to complete during each meeting.

“Our role is to bring in problems from our respective sports and solve them together,” Joe Singh (12) said.

In addition to problem solving, the committee also helps to create new ideas and events for the athletic department. Each member signs up for a specific committee to help work on project that the specific student is passionate about.

“A lot of the different initiatives that come out of our athletic department are the things that come directly out of this advisory board,” Sermak said.

Last year, members helped come up with events allowing the students to come together to support Okemos student athletics. For example, OSAAC helped put together Chieftain Madness, an event for the basketball team. The group is currently working hard on upcoming projects.

“In a few weeks we’re doing a faculty appreciation night where they honor and celebrate our teaching staff,” Childress said.

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