Why We Play D-III Athletics

"It's not about getting a scholarship, getting drafted, or making Sports Center. It's a deep need in us that comes from the heart. We need to practice, to play, to lift, to hustle, to sweat. We do it all for our teammates and for the student in our calculus class that we don't even know.

We don't practice with a future major league first baseman; we practice with a future sports agent. We don't lift weights with a future Olympic wrestler; we lift with a future doctor. We don't run with a future Wimbledon champion; we run with a future CEO. It's a bigger part of us than our friends and family can understand. Sometimes we play for 2,000 fans; sometimes 25. But we still play hard. You cheer for us because you know us. You know more than just our names. Like all of you, we are students first. We don't sign autographs. But we do sign graduate school applications, MCAT exams, and student body petitions. When we miss a kick or strike out, we don't let down an entire state. We only let down our teammates, coaches, and fans.

But the hurt is still the same. We train hard, lift, throw, run, kick, tackle, shoot, dribble, and lift some more, and in the morning we go to class. And in that class we are nothing more than students. It's about pride in ourselves, in our school. It's about our love and passion for the game. And when it's over, when we walk off that court or field for the last time, our hearts crumble. Those tears are real. But deep down inside, we are very proud of ourselves. We will forever be what few can athletes."

- Sean Sornsin, former baseball student-athlete at Cornell College.

The article appeared in the Dec. 3, 1999 edition of The Cornellian (student newspaper)






2014 - 2015 SAAC OFFICERS


Laura Ettlin - President

Ryan Nordvedt - Vice President

Rachel Aubry - Secretary

2012 - 2013 SAAC MEMBERS

Chelsea Harris, Soccer
Kendra Wisely, Soccer
Luke Farley, Soccer
James Thompson, Soccer
Hannah Garvey, Cross Country
Laura Ettlin, Cross Country
Ben Swerdlow, Cross Country
Joshua Randall, Cross Country
Kathleen O'Connor, Volleyball
Katie Sickelka , Volleyball
John Bray, Football
Lee Gaveras, Football

Lane Zahourek, Football
Ellie Purdy, Tennis
Alyssa Zavislak, Tennis
Alex Miller, Basketball
Nick Bobb, Basketball
Kathryn Schilling, Basketball
Camille Marie, Basketball
Alex Coolidge, Wrestling
Jordan Ng, Wrestling
Madison Acree, Track & Field
Melissa Kraker, Track & Field

Jon Araujo, Track & Field
Zach Nelson, Track & Field
Kari Martin, Softball
Rachel Aubry, Softball
Alex Schnebbe, Baseball
Ryan Nordvedt, Baseball
Joseph Reyes, Tennis
Garrett Russikoff, Tennis
David Fischer, Sports Medicine
Jordan Weitzell, Sports Medicine
Katlyn Arndt, Cheerleading
Stefanee Lucker, Cheerleading