National Student-Athlete Day: KSU's Hannah Thomason & Terence Norman

National Student-Athlete Day: KSU's Hannah Thomason & Terence Norman



LakePoint, Ga. –
 In celebration of the 25th annual NCAA National Student-Athlete Day, the ASUN Conference is highlighting student-athletes from all eight of its member institutions that go behind their contributions on their field of competition and in the classroom. 

These student-athletes put in additional time and work to make a difference on their campus through participation with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, helping to amplify the voice of student-athletes locally, in the conference and across the NCAA. Selected by Kennesaw State's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee were Hannah Thomason (Softball) and Terence Norman (Baseball) as they answered a few questions about their involvement with SAAC.

Hannah Thomason, Softball - Kennesaw State SAAC Chair
Q1: How has being involved with SAAC impacted your life?

- SAAC has made me make new friends and has taught me to step out of my comfort zone by becoming for social with people and learning to talk to new people. It has also taught me how to make tough decisions and big decisions and how to really step up to be a leader on my campus and to other student athletes. 

Q2: What has been your favorite part about being involved with SAAC on your campus or in the ASUN?
- My favorite part is the projects that we take on each year and the new ideas that we come up with whether it be in ASUN SAAC or KSU SAAC.

Q3: How have you helped promote SAAC to other student-athletes that aren't involved currently?
- I’ve told a lot of student-athletes about SAAC and have got on social media to really be pushed to let others know what we are about and who we are as an organization. 

Q4: What project/community service effort are you most proud of during your time at your institution and describe it shortly. 
- So far gathering supplies and delivering them to Jacksonville State University following a tornado has been my favorite project during my time in SAAC. To see our athletic community come together to help other student-athletes and civilians that they don’t even know meant a lot to me. Seeing the faces of the people when I delivered the supplies to them was something that I’ll never forget and a feeling that I will cherish with me forever. 

Terence Norman, Baseball
Q1: How has being involved with SAAC impacted your life?
- Being involved in SAAC has really impacted my life. I never realized how many people it takes for us athletes to go compete each season, so it has made me much more appreciative of those people and the hard work the put in each and every day. 

Q2: What has been your favorite part about being involved with SAAC on your campus or in the ASUN?
- My favorite part about being in SAAC has definitely been meeting the other athletes from the other schools in the conference and then always seeing them whenever they play at my school or I play at there’s. 

Q3: How have you helped promote SAAC to other student-athletes that aren't involved currently?
- I have helped promote SAAC to other student-athletes at my school by bringing in freshman to the school SAAC meetings to see if it is something they want to pursue, because it’s not something you can force upon people, they have to want to do it. 

Q4: What project/community service effort are you most proud of during your time at your institution and describe it shortly. 
- The community service project I am most proud of is project life. Project life is an organization that searches for people that are bone marrow matches with people in their database. So through the cheek swabs the can tell whether a person is a match or not. As a school we got over 100 people to try to become matches with someone in need of a transplant.