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SAAC Hosts Gatorade Pong Tournament


SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Seton Hall University Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted the second annual Gatorade Pong Tournament on Friday, Feb. 15, in the Richie Regan Athletic Center Field House to benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and help raise awareness about the perils of drinking and driving.

A total of 30 teams signed up and made donations to take part in the double-elimination Gatorade Pong Tournament. The competition lasted nearly two and a half hours and nine Seton Hall varsity programs had representation in the field.

SAAC President Brittany Hammer was pleased with the turn-out for the event.

"Gatorade Pong is a great way for student-athletes and the Seton Hall community to come together to support a cause," Hammer said. "It is important to present students with fun and safe alternatives to your typical college events. The tournament continues to make positive strides toward becoming a strong tradition here at SHU."

Sophomore JT Harper and freshman Parker Mann from the men's golf team were the big winners of the evening. Harper recapped the event stating "Parker and I had great time at Gatorade Pong. We enjoyed competing against fellow students, and we are really competitive so finishing first made it even better!" Mann says he "is looking forward to defending our title next year!"

All proceeds from the event will go to MADD.

About SAAC The Seton Hall Student Athlete Advisory Committee is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The committee, consisting of members from each varsity team, plan and execute community service events among student-athletes as well as find ways to engage student-athletes with the general student population. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation's largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. With the help of those who want a safer future, MADD's Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® will end this danger on America's roads. PowerTalk 21® is the national day for parents to talk with their kids about alcohol, using the proven strategies of the Power of ParentsTM to reduce the risk of underage drinking. And as one of the largest victim services organizations in the U.S., MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every nine minutes through local MADD victim advocates and at 1-877-MADD-HELP. Learn more at www.madd.org or by calling 1-877-ASK-MADD.