The success of Northeast Conference student-athletes extends far beyond the playing surface.
Supporting evidence for the prior statement was present at the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four this past April.
At the world-renowned event held in Indianapolis, the NCAA announced the top-ranked submissions from Division I National SAAC’s “It’s On Us” Contest. Although a UNC Charlotte-produced piece won the national title, the Northeast Conference’s submission was one of five highlighted finalists.
As part of the NCAA’s participation in the White House’s “It’s On Us” campaign, the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) sponsored a video contest throughout Division I.
At its annual meeting, the NEC’s SAAC board produced a video that featured student-athletes from each of the league’s 10 core member institutions. Aiming to raise awareness of sexual assault on college campuses, NEC student-athletes recited “The Pledge” while on camera.
One of more than 40 entries across the Division I membership, the NEC’s finished product finished behind submissions from only UNC Charlotte, Army, Wright State and Duquesne (Congrats to the Dukes, who are a NEC associate member in the sport of football).
One of the first Division I leagues to do so, the Northeast Conference joined the “It’s On Us” campaign during the 2014 fall semester.
NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris looks back on the decision to join forces with the White House as a no-brainer.
“When the White House unveiled the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign in mid-September and highlighted the alarming statistic that estimates one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, it was abundantly clear that the NEC should join the campaign,” said the NEC Commissioner.
Enthusiastically enlisting in the fight against sexual assault, the NEC charged its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee with the task of spearheading the effort.
— Student-Athletes: DI (@Div1SAAC) April 16, 2015
Shoutout to NEC Football member Duquesne, too…
— Student-Athletes: DI (@Div1SAAC) April 15, 2015