LARAMIE, Wyo. -
As part of the Excellence at 7220 programming and a Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) initiative, the University of Wyoming Athletics Department hosted a SAAC Welcome BBQ on Sunday, August 20, 2015, the evening before classes begin at the University of Wyoming. The BBQ was held at Undine Park in Laramie. The BBQ was well attended by approximately 250 student-athletes, coaches, support staff, family and friends of the athletics department.
The President of SAAC, Gabrielle Gibson, a junior majoring in Engineering and a member of the women's golf team, welcomed all in attendance to the 2015-15 academic year, introduced her SAAC Executive Board of Directors: Bridget Shanahan, Kayla Henderson, Kalah Skates, Matt Cook, Bryce Carter & Anne Hinman (unable to attend) and shared her vision for SAAC. In addition, she introduced keynote speaker, Head Cross Country/Track & Field Coach Bryan Berryhill. Coach Berryhill encouraged the UW student-athletes specifically, to embrace their opportunity, take advantage of all of the resources available for them here at UW and strive to win championships!!
The BBQ provided a remarkable atmosphere for returning student-athletes to welcome and get acquainted with newcomers, student-athletes from other teams, coaches from other programs, etc. It was a beautiful Laramie day, and the student-athletes took advantage of the time to relax and enjoy one another by playing games, listening and dancing to the music, enjoying the abundance of food and drink and at the end, engage in a rousing version of the UW Fight Song.