Chowan University SAAC Spreads Holiday Cheer, Provides Christmas Gifts for Local Children

by Hawks Sports Informations Department
Murfreesboro, NC- The Chowan University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) in conjunction with the Student Government Association and the Hertford County Department of Social Services worked to spread holiday cheer throughout the Roanoke-Chowan area this week.

As part of "The Angel Tree Project" through the Hertford County Department of Social Services, community organizations had the opportunity to provide Christmas gifts for children and families in need during the holiday season. Through the leadership efforts of SAAC, Chowan student-athletes raised over $1,200 to provide Christmas gifts for two children in the local area. This year's dollar amount surpasses the fundraising efforts of any previous year SAAC has participated in the project. 

Chowan University's SAAC President, Kjahna O, a member of the women's swim team, said. "It's nice that we all came together as a group to provide something so amazing for the community." 

SAAC member, Kailah Herbin, a member of the bowling squad, added, "Helping others means a lot to me and to the SAAC. It's great how we all came together to give back to our community." 

SAAC members worked with Chowan's 18 varsity athletic programs and the cheerleading team to raise money for the gifts and met on Wednesday afternoon to wrap and organize them for distribution. 

Chowan University's SAAC Advisor and Deputy Athletic Director, Meredith Long, continued, "The student-athletes are to be commended for their efforts to make this happen. Because of their commitment to the project, two children will have a very special Christmas. Seeing these young adults come together with such compassion is an amazing thing to witness." 

The gifts will be delivered to the Hertford County Department of Social Services later this week for distribution to both children.

Chowan University's Vice President for Athletics Patrick Mashuda stated, "I am impressed by the outstanding effort by our student-athletes to give back to our community during this special time of the year." 

The Chowan University SAAC participates in a wide variety of service projects over the course of the academic year while serving as the voice of student-athletes for their respective teams.