Nashville, Ill. Native Recently Completed Second Season At UE
University of Evansville softball player Mackenzie McFeron has been appointed as a member of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for a 2-year appointment, which begins on July 1, 2020, and runs through July 1, 2022.
McFeron will serve as the Missouri Valley Conference SAAC representative on the national committee. Each Division I athletic conference appoints one representative on the committee. McFeron is the second Purple Aces student-athletes to work in this capacity with SAAC.
“Mackenzie is a great student-athlete choice to represent the MVC and UE! Her energy and passion for college athletics and her fellow athletes is tremendous,” Purple Aces head softball coach Mat Mundell exclaimed.
Along with her teammates, McFeron is no stranger when it comes to volunteering to help others. The UE softball team paced the Evansville athletic department in community service hours in 2019-20 with McFeron ranking as one of the top 15 student-athletes in the department. In total, she assisted in 21 different community initiatives including Toys for Tots, Susan G. Komen, Mesker Park Zoo, Cardio for Canines, and Chemo Buddies.
“We are proud of Mackenzie and her selection to the NCAA National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee,” UE Senior Associate AD and Advisor for UE’s SAAC Sarah Solinsky said. “Mackenzie’s leadership and commitment will be extremely valuable as she represents the student-athletes of the Missouri Valley Conference and UE.”
The mission of SAAC is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare, and fostering a positive student-athlete image. McFeron will be responsible for serving as a leader and liaison between the national committee, the MVC, and the University of Evansville.