On Sunday January 28th, Amherst's NESCAC SAAC representatives, Delancey King '18 and Veronica Rocco '19, travelled to Tufts University for the biannual NESCAC SAAC meeting. In these biannual meetings, representatives from all eleven NESCAC institutions meet to learn from one another and discuss the challenges and successes their campus SAACs face and enjoy.
Prior to Sunday's meeting, all the SAAC representatives took a DiSC assessment, coordinated by NCAA Leadership Development. Sunday's meeting began with a discussion of the results of the DiSC assessment, where the SAAC representatives sat in groups with those whose DiSC assessments elicited similar results of personality and leadership styles. In groups, the representatives learned how to best work with people who have different leadership styles than their own, which was facilitated by Jen Kentera, the Assistant Athletics Director at Boston College.
After going over the DiSC assessment, Jon Hind, the Hamilton College Director of Athletics, led a discussion about sportsmanship and Gameday the DIII Way, a initiative organized by the NCAA. As a group, NESCAC SAAC discussed ways to promote good sportsmanship at games to make every game a welcoming environment. With DIII Week approaching in April, the NESCAC office is organizing another Instagram takeover, where each NESCAC school for one day will have control of the NESCAC Instagram account to show what a day in the life of a NESCAC student-athlete is like. Additionally, all the NESCAC institutions will take part in a community service initiative of their choosing during DIII week. After a long but informative afternoon at Tufts, Delancey and Veronica returned to Amherst to get ready for their second week of classes.