LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Covenant will have a voice on one of the national committees for NCAA Division III as men's soccer sophomore Colby Pepper was recently appointed to the Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The committee is comprised of one student-athlete from each pair of conferences represented in the Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee partnership program; and at least one student-athlete from a Division III independent institution. Pepper will represent both the USA South Athletic Conference and the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) on the committee until January of 2021.
"I am extremely excited about this opportunity and I hope to learn more about the way the NCAA works and make connections with other students and athletic administrators in the collegiate sports world," Pepper said about the opportunity. "Also, I hope to continue to learn more about intercollegiate sports as I follow my dream to work in the sport industry in the future."
On the committee, Pepper will join 23 other student-athletes from across Division III, the NCAA's largest division, and will be representing over 194,000 student-athletes. The committee's purpose is to express the opinions of student-athletes based on proposed legislation from member institutions. After discussing the impeding issues at conference SAAC meetings, and participating in communication with the Athletic Directors of both the USA South and SAA at the NCAA Convention, Pepper's role will be to vote based on what the conferences he represents will support.
Pepper will also be responsible for relaying materials discussed in the four yearly SAAC meetings, three in Indianapolis and one at the NCAA Convention, and decisions made by the NCAA to the rest of the institutions that he represents.
The SAAC is also the committee that is primarily responsible for maintaining and coordinating the division's nationwide partnership with Special Olympics.
For Pepper, he sees the opportunity as not only one to make connections for a future in intercollegiate athletics, but also a way to show Christ in a larger setting.
"I am honored to be an ambassador for Covenant, the USA South, the SAA, but most importantly Jesus Christ in this unbelievable opportunity that I have been given," Pepper said. "Currently as one of the two college students serving on national SAAC representing a faith-based institution, I hope to shine Christ's light on the committee and with all the people that I interact with while serving on SAAC."
Pepper will be a junior in 2018 and is expected to graduate in the spring of 2020. He will be able to stay on as a member of the committee until January of 2021.
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