STARKVILLE ~ Four members of the Mississippi State Bulldogs sports teams, Cameron Matthews (men’s basketball), Debreasha Powe (women’s basketball), Chris Parson (soccer) and Hayes Hammond (soccer), will travel to Birmingham this weekend to participate in a meeting of the Southeastern Conference Student-Athlete Leadership Council. There are 66 student-athletes representing the 14 SEC universities, and four of them are from out of state. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the Football Leadership Council, and the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Leadership Councils will send members to this meeting.
Blair Bloomston of Game On Nation and Will Baggett of Emergent Executives are scheduled to make presentations to the Board over the two days of the meeting. They will lead a discussion with the group on the issues of personal and professional development, as well as on mental health. Conversations with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey and SEC Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Katie O’Neal are also scheduled during the meeting. SEC student-athletes have the opportunity to interact with campus leaders and conference office staff members through the Southeastern Conference Student-Athlete Leadership Council. In addition to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the Leadership Councils for Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and the SAAC all serve as channels of communication between the conference office and student-athletes on matters such as as the student-athlete experience, the student-athlete welfare and the rules of the game.