SAAC Service Projects




SAAC Service Projects


Belles for Africa

SAAC - Saint Mary’s Student-Athletes to Present Check to Sisters of the Holy Cross

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary’s College Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and their “Belles for Africa” initiative will present a check for more than $5,150 to the Sisters of the Holy Cross on Friday, December 11 on behalf of the Sisters’ group stationed in Uganda.


Decorating the Convent


Saint Mary's College fosters a close-knit relationship with the Sisters of the Holy Cross.  One way the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee continues to keep the bond between the two groups strong is to decorate the several floors of the Convent for spring.

Each of the eight varsity teams made various decorations for four of the floors at the Convent.  Some of the decorations included suns, rainbows, flowers, and Easter eggs with each floor of the building having a different theme and set of decorations. 

The teams paired off into groups of two to decorate the Convent and spend time with the Sisters who live there.  Each pair of teams spent part of the afternoon decorating one of the four floors to brighten the halls and spirits of the Sisters.


Annual Parties 


Each year, the Saint Mary's College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosts three holiday-themed parties for various groups of families and friends in the South Bend community.  These parties provide student-athletes at Saint Mary's an opportunity to give back to the college and surrounding community while giving children and families a safe environment to celebrate Halloween, the holiday season, and Valentine's Day.


Each year in the fall, the SAAC hosts a Halloween-themed party for children and families of the LOGAN Center in South Bend.  It is the mission of LOGAN to be "committed to supporting people with disabilities in achieving their desired quality of life." 

Typically, the varsity basketball, swimming and diving, tennis, and softball teams will serve as hosts of the party.  Student-athletes and visitors alike dress up in their Halloween costumes and take part in making crafts, enjoying treats, and playing games in Angela Athletic Facility.  This past fall, over 40 children and their families enjoyed the hospitality of the SAAC and the Halloween party.

"We love hosting this Halloween party for families from the Logan Center,” commented SAAC advisor and head softball coach Erin Sullivan. “The children truly inspire our athletes and we hope to continue this tradition for years to come."

To learn more about LOGAN, visit their website by clicking here.

Holiday Season

Before everyone leaves campus for the semester and holiday break, all of the varsity teams come together to host the annual Holiday party in the gym for families of the College community.  Families and student-athletes alike enjoy getting into the holiday spirit each December.

“I really enjoy the holiday party every year,” commented Nicole Beier, senior basketball player and committee chair of this year’s party. “It is a great opportunity to give back to the families of Saint Mary's that support us in the classroom, across campus, and on the playing fields and courts."

Members from departments across campus make it a point to bring their families to the annual party each year.

Valentine's Day

The SAAC uses Valentine's Day to spread a message of caring to an important group of local children.  The Valentine's Day-themed party is put on each year for children of Memorial Hospital's Oncology Unit.

Members of the varsity cross country, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball teams serve as hosts to children and families who have gone through the experience of needing the oncology services at Memorial Hospital.

"Our Athletic Department and student-athletes really look forward to spending time with the kids at this party," said Sullivan.  "Memorial Hospital has been a great partner for the past several years with this Valentine's Day event, and we hope to continue this tradition.  We have a significant number of student-athletes who are nursing majors and they especially love the chance to help celebrate with the children."