Student Athlete Advisory Committee


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)








2016 - 2017 SAAC OFFICERS

Jacob Kvale

Molly Neiley

Kendra Christensen

Shashanna Moll


2015 - 2016 MWC REPS


Jacob Kvale, Baseball


2015 - 2016 SAAC MEMBERS

Jen Strebeck, Soccer

Elizabeth Sage, Soccer
Ethan Berube, Soccer

Isaiah Jones, Soccer

Abrah Masterson, Cross Country

Rachel Moline, Cross Country

Austin Bach, Cross Country

Caleb Wilson, Cross Country

Nicole Ciari, Volleyball

Molly Neiley , Volleyball

Bryson Whistance, Football
Daniel Brown, Football

Shashanna Moll, Tennis

Janice Elkerton, Tennis

Dylan Murdock, Basketball

Corey Davis, Basketball

Sierra Bisso, Basketball

Madie Rinehart, Basketball
Ben Hewson, Wrestling

Phillip Opelt, Wrestling

Shay Rule, Track & Field

Breann Grell, Track & Field

Kaleb Whiting, Track & Field

Charles Zilatis, Track & Field

Kendra Christensen, Softball

Melissa Orton, Softball

Jacob Kvale, Baseball

 DJ Irwin, Baseball

Alex Rand, Tennis

Thomas Greene, Tennis

Syndney Cooper, Lacrosse

Caitlin St. Marie, Lacrosse

Michael Paquette, Lacrosse

Galbraith Williams, Lacrosse

Isaac O'Gara, Sports Medicine

Stephanie Xavier, Sports Medicine