SAAC Hosts Lacrosse Clinic for Local Youth

James Ammons, a junior from Clawson, and an attendee chasing after a ball, amidst other players at the 2024 lacrosse SAAC event held on Saturday. Located in the Lomas Fieldhouse, the sports clinic brought together student athletes and young community members (Photo by Lizzy Kelley).

On Saturday, Albion College’s Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) held their first clinic of the year. According to the SAAC website, the goal of the program is to “Enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being and fostering a positive student athlete image.” 

Ben Schollett, a sophomore from Traverse City, is a defender when on the lacrosse field and one of the two SAAC representatives on the team. 

“Events like these show the kids role models on and off the field,” Schollett said. “It shows them a great sport, and gives them something that they can be passionate about.”

Five Albion lacrosse players teaching an attendee hand positions. This drill focused on passing skills, which teach campers where to hold their stick when catching (Photo by Lizzy Kelley).

According to the SAAC website, events like these are free to those who sign up, giving kids in the community an opportunity to engage with college athletes. The next event is scheduled for Feb. 3 and will be an educational clinic for those interested in learning how to play tennis. 

Sports clinics hosted by the college are a longstanding tradition. Kyndall Lewis, Albion junior and women’s lacrosse midfielder grew up attending events like these.   

“SAAC clinics are here to get us connected with the community; we at Albion College are not here without the community,” Lewis said. “Being from Albion, as a kid, I grew up coming to these camps at the college.”

A young boy racing no. 19 Ben Schollett, Traverse City sophomore, towards an open net (Photo by Lizzy Kelley).
A group of women’s lacrosse players teach an attendee how to pick the ball up with a lacrosse stick. During these drills, fellow participants cheered for the kid, while players gave advice (Photo by Lizzy Kelley).
A boy catches a ball passed by Will Richardson, a sophomore from Haslett. Haslett and the boy worked individually to improve movement skills, including passing, scooping and control (Photo by Lizzy Kelley).
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Lizzy Kelley is a first-year from Brighton, Michigan. Lizzy coaches youth sports in her hometown. She can always be found at the Dow, or sleeping! Contact Lizzy via email at EMK16@albion.edu

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