Feb. 6, 2009
By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information
Lillian Bourret hasn’t just played soccer for the Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team for the past four years, but she has also been a part of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), currently serving as the organizations co-president.
The SAAC exists to create a safe environment for discussion of all aspects of the student-athlete's life. It strives to better the community with community service, event organization and leadership. The SAAC’s goal as leaders is to promote open communication between student-athletes, students and staff.
Bourret finished up her soccer eligibility this past fall, ending a spectacular career for the Eagles. Over the course of Bourret’s four years as an Eagle, she played in 64 total games, scoring five goals and contributing four assists.
Q: Tell us about the upcoming SAAC event later this month.
A: “The event is on Feb. 27, and it is a 70's-themed ice-skating night. It's going to be at the new recreation center on the ice rink on campus. There will be music, dancing and costume competitions, obviously some skating, and a puck-shoot fundraiser. It's going to be a really good time!”
Q: Why is community service so important to you?
A: “I really like to be involved in my community, and I have been given so much in my life it would be selfish not to give something back. I have always felt that helping someone else is the best way to help yourself.”
Q: What are some of the events the SAAC has done in the past?
A: “We have adopted a family every Christmas. We have done a number of telethons, helped with the Special Olympics, made a number of visits to Shriners Hospital, and read in elementary schools. Also, for the past few years we have had a special Choices grant alcohol-free game night every spring. Last year the theme was pros verses Joes where the student-athletes competed in a number of events against the student body.”
Q: What are the some of the goals of the SAAC?
A: “Some of our goals are to provide a space where student-athletes can bring issues or concerns to a group of their peers. Also, to promote connections between the student-athletes and student body of Eastern Washington University.”
Q: How will you use your experiences from the SAAC in your life and career?
A: “I think that working with SAAC has really helped me to better understanding the dynamics of working with a group. Also, I have been able to step outside of my specific sports team to work with other athletes, and that has led to some very cool experiences.”
Q: What has been your favorite community service project?
A: “I really like working with kids, so I think my favorite experience is going to Shriners Hospital. The kids are so fun and outgoing; it's always a good time.
“I would like to add a shout out to Mike Miller, our SAAC adviser who has really helped us out these past two years.”