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Representation for Athletes

Student athlete advisor committee president Brisa Serna working club rush, recruting new members for the club.

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a club made by student athletes for the betterment of all athletics at Fresno City College.

Kindall Pierson, FCC softball player, is the secretary of SAAC and the event coordinator. She knew she wanted to be on board with this club as soon as she heard about it.

“A way for student athletes to be heard a bit better,” Pierson said.

She understands that coaches and student athletes alike may not get the attention they deserve, which is why a club can be great for both people.

Student athletes not only balance school and their sport, but everything else that comes with being a student-athlete like travel, practice and work outside of school. It can be a lot for a person, but it can also be what holds an athlete together.

“It’s a way of teaching you how to be a better version of yourself,” Pierson said.

Pierson hopes to get the word of SAAC not only at FCC, but they also hope to go to
elementary schools in the area to show students who want to get in sports that there is a club for them, to help in their journey.

For FCC, Pierson hopes to get more athletes involved and for them to be able to help not just sports but the community as a whole.

“Just trying to get more athletes to feel comfortable coming out, and not being afraid to put themselves out there,” Pierson said.

FCC’s Associate Dean of Athletics Derick Johnson was an early supporter of this club. This is a club that most four year colleges have, so having one at FCC was a no brainer.

“[SAAC] represents student athletes’ interests, externally and internally,” Johnson said.

Each FCC coach was contacted to see who from their team would want to join the club. From those choices, Rampage reporter and track and field athlete Brisa Serna
was chosen as President from her peers and FCC Softball Head Coach Linda Garza is the advisor of SAAC.

Johnson hopes this club can give student athletes a central voice and for it to be easier for him to receive any concerns students may have.

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Fabio Saravia is a 21-year-old journalism major at Fresno City College. Born in Fairfield, California, but raised in Vallejo, California. He now resides in Fresno, California and has been living there for about seven years and counting. He has hopes of one day becoming a lawyer in immigration. Look most students that attend Fresno City College, he comes from a family of immigrants. He knows the many hardships they face and hopes to one day be able to alleviate the pain. Fabio graduated from Central West High School as part of the class of 2019. When joining Fresno City College, he was able to join two clubs. The two clubs being PUENTE and the Law Pathways Club. He also was a part in creating the club IGNITE for a Fresno City College chapter, but the process was halted due to the pandemic. Fabio was able to work as a canvasser for nearly two years for the nonprofit organization called Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability. At LCJA he was able to learn one-on-one communications skills as well as phone banking. He also had the opportunity to attack the problem of COVID-19 head on. For his work he was able to set up COVID-19 vaccine clinics and participate in them. He was also one of the main people to register people to get their vaccine in Fresno, Madera, and Tulare County. Fabio always had in interest in writing. His dream goal is to one day be a writer or actor/director along his friends who share the same passion.

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