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Hawgood chosen to chair student-athlete committee

College of Idaho student Emily Hawgood is part of the cross-country, track, and swim teams. And now, she’ll represent the College and the entire student-athlete body of the Cascade Collegiate Conference as Chair of the CCC Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

At last week’s conference, Hawgood, a senior from Beatrice, Zimbabwe, was chosen by her peers from fellow institutions across the CCC to chair the organization.

“As is apparent from this position, Emily is a great leader for more than just our team,” C of I track coach Austin Basterrechea said. “One of the greatest characteristics about Emily is how genuinely caring she is for everyone around her. Emily displays leadership both on the track and in the classroom. She is an example of someone we want our athletes to strive to emulate.”

Hawgood has been involved with S.A.A.C. since the committee was formed. When the opportunity to represent her team and campus presented itself, Hawgood jumped at the chance.

“It was just another cool opportunity to meet other athletes, but also be involved in campus-wide decisions regarding athletes,” Hawgood said.

The CCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee serves the following functions: discuss and provide feedback on conference issues affecting student-athlete welfare, assist in educating student-athletes about CCC/NAIA issues on their home campuses, increase and improve student-athletes’ understanding of the CCC/NAIA legislative processes, promote student-athlete participation in department wide Champions of Character programs, and provide a forum for addressing student-athlete concerns.

As chair, Hawgood is ready to be a voice for her peers, relaying feedback from C of I and CCC student-athletes to the conference administration.

“I am very excited to begin working with Emily and [co-chair Cheyenne Baird of Evergreen State College], along with the rest of the committee,” CCC Commissioner Rob Cashell said. “The S.A.A.C. represents the voice of more than 2,500 CCC student-athletes, and it is important to involve them in our processes as we continue moving the Cascade Conference forward."

As for Hawgood, her leadership extends beyond the sphere of sports. The exercise science major also finds time to be part of campus organizations including Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT), the International Student Organization and Fellowship for Christian Athletes. She’s also a Campus Ministries Intern and, last fall, she received the Student Affairs Leadership, Integrity and Service Award.  

“That’s the greatest thing about C of I…it’s such a small community and you can get involved with whatever you want to,” Hawgood said. “At a community like this, what keeps it going is that everyone gets involved and gives back.”

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