Mean Green Wins 2014 "Let's SAAC Hunger" Title

North Texas President Smatresk and athletic director Rick Villarreal supported the Mean Green canned food drive.
Jan. 22, 2015

DENTON - The Mean Green won the 2014 Conference USA "Let's SAAC Hunger" title by collecting more than 20,000 pounds of food for the C-USA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's conference-wide community service initiative.

"It was definitely a team effort," said Christopher Evans, North Texas SAAC Advisor and Assistant Director of Student Services. "We joined forces with various organizations on campus to collect food during homecoming week. It was a great experience for our student-athletes to work side by side with various student populations to support the Denton community during the holiday season. Our efforts represented more than 25,000 bags of groceries for families in need."

Each C-USA school worked within its respective community to conduct a campus-wide canned food drive for one week during the fall semester. All student groups and alumni were encouraged to participate. Each institution selected a local food bank to receive its donations.

The North Texas SAAC partnered with the UNT Center for Leadership and Service, the UNT Student Activities Center, the UNT Greek Organization and UNT Housing. Donations were provided to the Denton County Food Center.

The general student body at North Texas supported the food drive by their participation in the homecoming-week festivities coordinated by the Homecoming Crew. These events included Canstruction, Homecoming Picnic, Spirit Day and attending the Mean Green football game against Florida Atlantic.

Conference-wide, the C-USA "Let's SAAC Hunger" amassed 62,618.76 pounds of food. Nine C-USA schools collected more than 1,000 pounds of food donations during their drive week, while Charlotte, UTEP and Middle Tennessee each collected more than three tons of food.

The C-USA SAAC was formed in 1998. Its committee consists of 28 representatives (two from each institution) with one member serving as chair and one member as vice chair. The committee meets five times a year, including one in-person meeting.



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