November 17, 2011

Hilary Cox Serves as National SAAC Rep at NCAA Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Beall, jdbeall@northgeorgia.edu

DAHLONEGA, GA – Last week North Georgia softball standout Hilary Cox served as a National Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Representative at the NCAA's Leadership Forum in Chicago, Illinois.

"Attending the 2011 NCAA Leadership Forum was a great opportunity to meet student-athletes from the Midwest region and the fifty institutions that were represented," Hilary Cox said following the experience. "As a National SAAC representative, anytime I can go out and talk with other student-athletes is a benefit for this position." 

While serving as the National SAAC Representative, Cox welcomed student-athletes at the airport when they arrived in Chicago, assisted during registration on the opening night and gave an hour-long speech during the event. During the presentation, Cox gave a brief overview about SAAC what is done on a national level. She also brought up key issues that are affecting student-athletes on campuses around the country and facilitated that discussion.

"Presenting information about Division II is beneficial to the student-athletes, but actually discussing issues and facilitating the dialogue is, in my opinion, the most beneficial part of our breakout session," Cox said.  "When we do these breakout sessions they are able to take the information they learn and relay it back to their respective campus, which is exactly the point of the Leadership Forum. These student-athletes now have to return to campus and communicate these issues with everyone. It is a great experience for everyone."

As the president of the North Georgia Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Cox has been instrumental in leading North Georgia in raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2010-11, North Georgia led the country at the Division II level with the most funds raised at over $10,000.

A native of Douglasville, Georgia, and Alexander High School, Cox has led the North Georgia softball team to three straight Division II World Series appearances. The senior First-Team All-Region selection will look to end her career with four straight Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament championships.