INDIANAPOLIS – Becker baseball student-athlete and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) President, Michael McMahon (Canton, Mass.), attended the NCAA Division III National SAAC Conference this July as a representative of not just Becker College, but as a representative of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), as well as NECC's partner conference, the American Collegiate Associations (ACAA).
"My experience at this event was amazing," commented McMahon. "Being able to come together to meet, communicate, and learn along with so many great Division III student athletes across the nation was very inspiring."
In McMahon's first trip as a primary member of the National SAAC Committee, he and other National SAAC Division III members (both primary and associate members) learned about the state of Division III athletics, potential rules and regulations, and ways to enhance the overall experience for student-athletes across the nation. He and his peers discussed topics ranging from enhancing sustainability, inclusion, and the partnership between the NCAA and Special Olympics. In sharing these topics, the attendees hoped to take back new ideas to each of their respective campuses.
"Being able to represent not just Becker, but the NECC and ACAA is truly a humbling experience," said McMahon. "Knowing how much I have been supported by all of these communities both motivates me and inspires me to represent everyone to the best of my ability, to lead by example, strive for more, and give back to those who have provided so much to me. The NECC, ACAA, and Becker College specifically have opened so many doors for me personally, that I have a responsibility and obligation to give back and represent both myself and my fellow student-athletes as best as I can."
McMahon also partook in a Special Olympics event while in Indianapolis. He said, "Special Olympics is something that is very important to me, so I love and enjoy every opportunity I can get to be a part of it, whether that be on the Becker College campus each year, or at events such as these."
On his free time, McMahon toured the NCAA Headquarters facility. "I was blown away by how great the NCAA National Headquarters was," expressed McMahon. "Being my first trip, I had seen a few photos before arriving, but I honestly did not know what to expect. The facilities are top notch, and the staff are amazing."
While perusing the NCAA headquarters, he was able to come along the NCAA Division III wall, where he was able to locate Becker's athletics logo and document the moment with a photograph.
"This was truly an unbelievable experience, and I cannot wait for what opportunities and memories will rise in future events that I will have the privilege of attending," concluded McMahon. "Each and every single person I met during this trip was amazing, and I have surely created relationships, friendships and memories that will last a long time."
McMahon was appointed the NECC and ACAA SAAC represented last fall. His term of service begins at the close of the NCAA Convention in January 2019, in which he attended, and will continue through the close of the 2021 Convention.
Per the NCAA, SAAC represents the Division III student-athlete voice in the Division III governance structure by "reviewing legislation; identifying significant student-athlete issues; implementing national student-athlete based initiatives; encouraging community outreach; and enhancing Division III student-athlete involvement in and understanding of Division III in general."
Story and photo courtesy of Becker Sports Information