Student-Athletes Raise Funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters

The 2012 Student-Athlete Talent Show winners
The 2012 Student-Athlete Talent Show winners

Feb. 14, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Student-Athlete Talent Show Highlights

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) held its second annual Student-Athlete Talent Show last month. The SAAC adopts a local charity each year and chose Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana as their Charity of Choice for the 2011-2012 academic year.

"We know our student-athletes are role models in this community and it's important for us to get them involved and prepare them to be leaders in the community now and after graduation. The SAAC's involvement with the Charity of Choice program is one way to accomplish this goal," commented Director of Student-Athlete Development, Amy Seng.

Twelve different teams performed a variety of acts and routines to showcase their hidden talents while at the same time raising money for a good cause. The student-athletes raised over $1,000 all of which will be donated back to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Baseball kicked off the night with a hilarious parody of their strength and conditioning coach. Tyler Byrne from Men's Cross Country displayed the most random talent of the night with his ability to juggle a variety of items ranging from a couch cushion to a laptop. Freshman Casey Whitfield with Women's Soccer performed an impressive tap routine followed by Lacrosse's Irish dance routine. Women's Swimming, Men's Tennis, Men's Soccer, Field Hockey, and Women's Track all choreographed dance routines and illustrated why they are not on the defending national champion Ladybirds squad.

A panel of "celebrity" judges determined the top finishers. Lorenzo Mauldin secured a 3rd place finish with his dance routine to "Planet Rock" while the tapping skills of Casey Whitfield carried Women's Soccer to a strong second place finish. However, an underdog surprised everyone to claim the crown. Baseball's dance routine and parody won the judges over from the start and they were deemed overall champion.

The SAAC would like to thank all the student-athletes who not only participated in the event but also came out to support their peers and donate to a worthy cause. Thank you to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana for their involvement as well.

"This is a fun way for the student-athletes to get together, have a few laughs at each other's expense and at the same time help an organization in our community," Luke Lovelace, SAAC President, stated at the conclusion of the night.