WINTER PARK, Fla. - The Sunshine State Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee E.L.I.T.E donation competition recently completed its fifth year, with Saint Leo collecting the most items for its charitable organization. The initiative first began at the annual E.L.I.T.E weekend in September of 2008.
The concept of the competition is for each SSC member institution’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to choose an organization to which to donate items. Throughout the year, institutions counted and donated items and reported their counts to the conference office. The goal was to have each institution get involved in its community and donate tangible items that would help its specific organization.
In 2012-13, seven SSC institutions participated in the competition. Barry University donated items to Camillus House. Eckerd College donated items to St. Pete Free Clinic. Florida Tech donated items to Daily Bread. Lynn University donated to Palm Beach County Haitian Community Centers. Nova Southeastern University donated items to several organizations including HANDY, Broward School Book Donation, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Kids in Distress and Jack and Jill. Rollins College donated items to Second Harvest Food Bank. This year's competition winner, Saint Leo University, donated items to Catholic Charities of Dade City. The total number of items donated to the organizations totaled 22,665.
2012-13 Donation Competition Standings
1st - Saint Leo - 6,960 items
2nd - Rollins - 6,300 items
3rd - Lynn - 4,890 items
4th - Florida Tech - 1,827 items
5th - Nova Southeastern - 1,157 items
6th - Eckerd - 1,061 items
7th - Barry - 470 items