SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Seton Hall University Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted a Gatorade Pong Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 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 38 teams signed up and made donations to take part in the double-elimination Gatorade Pong Tournament, which SAAC intends to turn into annual event. The competition lasted nearly two and a half hours and almost every Seton Hall varsity program had representation in the field.
It marked the first time SAAC, which continues to develop an increasing number of creative new community service and outreach initiatives, has partnered with MADD for an event. It is a partnership that Seton Hall University SAAC President Brittany Hammer hopes to see continue and expand in the future.
"Overall, I think our first ever Gatorade Pong tournament had a great turnout and atmosphere," said Hammer. "We had a good number of teams compete and come out to support Mothers Against Drunk Driving. We're definitely looking forward to doing this event again next year."
All tournament entry fees went to MADD, who had representatives attend the tournament to provide promotional materials in addition to brining their "beer goggles," a tool that helps demonstrate the different stages of impairment to help deter drinking and driving.
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.