The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted its inaugural MOCS 101 on campus today. UTC student-athletes set up meet-and-greet areas throughout Heritage Plaza during the lunch rush outside of the University Center.
Spearheaded by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), MOCS 101 included a mini-tennis court, golf demonstrations and a tug-of-war contest that mixed students with and against student-athletes.
"We organized this event to get the students and the student-athletes to interact on campus," stated junior Irvin Hernandez of the football team. Hernandez, along with senior Paula Passmore (volleyball) and junior Jordan Britt (women's golf), make up the SAAC leadership. "We have representatives out here from all of the different teams. We are getting to know more students and they are getting to know us.
When we build these kinds of relationships, the hope is that they will come out to more games and support us. We hope that they will have fun cheering us on."
Along with the games, there were many giveaways, including posters, water bottles, PowerAde and other Mocs items. A handful of lucky students also won the raffle prizes that included a UTC golf hat signed by U.S. Amateur Champion Steven Fox, two Mocs football hats, a chance to sit in the Athletics Director's Box at a home football game and a chance to sit on the bench at a UTC men's or women's basketball home game.
"I thought the SAAC and its leadership did an outstanding job with the MOCS 101 event today," stated Interim Director of Athletics Laura Herron. "The student-athletes put a lot of effort into today's outing and I think the campus community enjoyed the event."
"The turnout was good," added Hernandez. "This is the first year we have done it, so we didn't know what to expect. This is definitely a learning experience for us and we will make it even better in the future."