Winter has arrived and Florida State’s student-athletes are getting back into their normal semester routines. While many enjoyed a relaxing winter break, members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council stayed busy helping others at FSU and in the Tallahassee community preparing for the future.
In December, FSU athletes paid a visit to the Pacifica Senior Living community to spread Christmas cheer. The athletes sang Christmas carols to the residents of the senior center and spent some time getting to know them. The residents loved having visitors and enjoyed the Christmas spirit the athletes brought with them.
SAAC also prepared athletes for life after college with “Next Steps”, a course that helps student-athletes with résumé building and editing, interview skills and etiquette, and proper interview attire.
In January, the Florida State Track & Field team continued its weekly visits to Sealey Elementary. Each Monday morning, members of the track team help children with their schoolwork, while getting the kids excited about sports as well as their education.
Speaker and former University of Tennessee student-athlete Inky Johnson came to speak to the athletic department in January about his experience growing up in inner city Atlanta where he was determined to prove himself and set a positive example for his friends and younger cousins. After receiving a Division I scholarship to play football at Tennessee, Johnson made a tackle that turned into a life-threatening injury. The tackle left his right arm paralyzed forcing Johnson to re-learn how to live his life. He spoke about the struggles of remaining positive no matter the circumstances, and how important it is to never cut corners, to maintain a positive attitude, and to hold yourself to a higher expectation no matter what obstacles life throws in one’s path.
With several special events and guest speakers lined up this spring, FSU’s SAAC hopes to continue what has already been a productive and fun semester.