INDIANAPOLIS—UMBC junior Curtis Schickner (East Windsor, N.J./Lawrenceville Prep) has been selected as the America East Conference’s representative to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He will serve on the committee for two years beginning July 1.
“We have a very active Student-Athlete Advisory Committee here at UMBC, and Curtis has been an integral part of its development,” UMBC Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Brown said. “Curtis is mature beyond his years and sees the big picture for student-athletes. We’re very happy that our SAAC president has been chosen as our conference representative to the NCAA, and I’m sure he will represent the America East with distinction.”
Schickner served as the secretary of UMBC’s SAAC in 2010-11 and was recently elected president for his senior year. An infielder on the baseball team, he has started 107 games in three seasons and was named to the 2010 America East All-Academic squad. Schickner is majoring in economics with a minor in English.
Schickner helped earn a $7,500 grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation Campus Community Challenge for League of Dreams, a non-profit organization which provides opportunities for children and adults, regardless of their physical or mental abilities, the opportunity to experience the game of baseball in Maryland.
“I am honored to have been appointed by the NCAA to serve on the committee with 30 other student-athletes from across the country,” Schickner said. “It is an exciting opportunity, and I look forward to serving the student-athletes at UMBC, the America East Conference and all of Division I.”
The Division I national SAAC consists of one student-athlete from each of the 31 Division I conferences. Members are selected by the Division I Management Council from a pool of three nominees from each of the represented conferences. Each student-athlete serves a two-year term.
The Division I SAAC reports directly to the Division I Management Council, and two SAAC members participate in each meeting of the Management Council as nonvoting members. It is through these two mechanisms that NCAA Division I student-athletes offer input and assist in shaping the proposed legislation by which their division is governed.