Cleveland State University Student-Athlete Advisory Council


President: Grace Kauth, Volleyball
Social Media Chair:
Tim Hasbargen, Men's Basketball
Social Media Vice Chair:
Macjilton Lewis, Men's Swimming
Community Service Chair:
Alexis Middlebrooks, Volleyball
Social Event Chair:
Victoria Bensimon, Women's Tennis
Social Event Vice Chairs:
Sophie Kelner, Women's Golf & Sierra Davidson, Women's Basketball
Spirit Chair:
Aubrie Tone, Softball
Spirit Vice Chair:
Jonathan LaValle, Men's Swimming

Advisor & Life Skills Specialist: Lisa Hehman


Formed as a voice for CSU student-athletes, the Student-Athlete Advisory Council has successfully served not only the participants in intercollegiate athletics at CSU but by creating a tie between Cleveland State and the community.

SAAC was developed by the CSU athletic department to:

  • Promote communication between athletics administration and student-athletes.
  • Disseminate information.
  • Provide feedback and insight into athletics department issues.
  • Build a sense of community within the athletics program involving all athletics teams.
  • Solicit student-athlete responses to proposed conference and NCAA legislation.
  • Organize community service efforts.
  • Promote a positive student-athlete image on campus.
SAAC representatives have dedicated themselves to helping and promoting their fellow student-athletes, Cleveland State University and the community of Northeast Ohio. Their efforts have helped to enhance a tradition of involvement by CSU student-athletes.

Student-athletes from all 16 of Cleveland State's varsity sports were named to the SAAC this year. The group is charged with discussing ongoing issues at CSU and around the country pertaining to intercollegiate athletics and the lives of student-athletes. The group meets monthly to share their views on different topics and legislation in front of the NCAA. The board also meets monthly with the Director of Athletics to keep abreast of issues pertaining to the athletic department.

CSU student-athletes, through an initiative organized by SAAC, annually help countless people in Northeast Ohio.

Some of the volunteer work performed by CSU student-athletes includes speaking engagements at area grade, middle and high schools, passing out gifts during the holidays to families suffering through poor circumstances and they adopted the students at Marion-Sterling Elementary School for a "Big Vikes-Little Vikes" program.