FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern Athletics, led by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), continues to positively impact the community by hosting a school supply drive for Davie Elementary. NSU SAAC led an effort, at the 2023-24 Welcome Back events, of all 16 Nova Southeastern Athletic teams and accumulated over 400 school supplies. The SAAC representatives also spent time interacting with and encouraging the elementary students.
Dr. Deanna Rivero, the Manager of the Athletic Academic Services at Nova Southeastern leads the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and led the school supply drive efforts.”I am so proud to continue our annual tradition of donating school supplies to Davie Elementary,” said Dr. Rivero. “It brings me a tremendous sense of joy to impact the local community and watch our student-athletes come together for this great cause. Seeing the elementary students’ excitement when our representatives arrived and engaged with them brought me instant gratification and I am so thankful for this continued partnership.”
The 400 school supplies included notebooks, pencils, markers, pens, glue, rulers, erasers, folders and crayons.
The Nova Southeastern SAAC representatives that participated in the supply drop-off shared their thoughts in the experience.
Alex Mangold – Men’s Basketball | SAAC Chief of Staff
“Visiting Davie Elementary was an absolute delight. As I walked into the school, I couldn’t help but feel a warmth and enthusiasm in the air. After dropping off the boxes of school supplies, I had the priviledge of speaking with the fifth grade classes. Introducing myself to eager young minds was a rewarding experience, as their faces lit up with curiosity and excitement. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with the students a nd witness the impact that our collective efforts were making on their education.”
Paul Boos-Patton – Men’s Soccer
“Being able to give back to Davie Elementary is such a great experience. This is the second consecutive year that I have had the pleasure to participate in the school supply drive and I enjoy interacting with the students. I hope I can inspire them to chase their goals, whether in sports, academics, friendships or any life goals that they may have.”
Patricie Kubikova – Women’s Tennis
“I really enjoyed visiting Davie Elementary. It gives me an insight into what education looks like in the United States. The children were amazing and had great questions. I realized that as a student-athlete, I can be a role model for them and that brings me a great sense of pride.”