NECC Brings Student-Athletes Together at Annual SAAC Meeting

NECC Brings Student-Athletes Together at Annual SAAC Meeting

Mansfield, Mass.- The New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) held its annual Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meeting on Sunday. The meeting, held at Elms College, brought together student-athletes from the eight conference institutions for a day of sharing, learning and collaboration.

The morning session included an overview of the 2020 NCAA Legislative Proposals, led by the NECC National SAAC representative, Becker’s Mike McMahon. These proposals will be voted on at the NCAA convention in January.  

The morning also included a presentation from Hope Happens Here, a non-profit organization that focuses on student-athlete mental health, and breaking the stigma that comes along with it. The presentation gave the student-athletes tools to bring back to their campuses to start the conversation regarding mental health.

The afternoon session focused on the conference’s recently launched Sportsmanship Initiative, with the unveiling of the NECC sportsmanship logo and poster, designed by Skye Design Studios, the same company who did the NECC rebranding in the summer of 2019.  There was also a presentation by Erik Johnson, of the Positive Coaching Alliance, focused on being leaders and learning how to be a better teammate.  

To close the meeting, the group discussed the NECC annual’s conference-wide community service initiative. This year’s initiative, held in conjunction with NCAA Division III Week on April 13-19, will be focused on mental health awareness, as the conference embarks on a partnership with Hope Happens Here.  


The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 15 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sports. Current members include Bay Path University, Becker College, Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College.