SAAC Selects Three Charity Beneficiaries for 2011 Mock Rock

Oct. 6, 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- From a pool of 15 applicants, the University of Michigan Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) has selected three area charities to benefit from Mock Rock 2011, the group's signature event.

The Child and Family Life program at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Student-Athletes Leading Social Change (SALSC), and the Michigan Autism Partnership (MAP) will receive donations from SAAC from funds generated by Mock Rock, an annual variety show featuring skits from Michigan's varsity student-athletes.

"We look forward to continuing our relationship with C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and SALSC, as well as supporting a new phenomenal cause, Michigan Autism Partnership," said Taylor Day, 2011 Mock Rock chair and a coxswain on the U-M rowing team. "These three charities are representative of the causes that Michigan student-athletes want to support. The field of voting was close, but upon tallying, the Mock Rock executive committee realized that the student-athletes chose three diverse organizations."

Seeking to broaden the impact of Mock Rock and to diversify how funds raised through the event are allocated, SAAC opened up the application process to all area charities this year. The event chairs selected seven finalists, and the field was then was narrowed to three via a vote by SAAC with the input of all student-athletes through their team representatives.

SAAC's goal is to raise $100,000 from donations and ticket sales for Mock Rock, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Hill Auditorium. For further information or to make a donation, contact Taylor Day at (814) 450-8863 or

Brief descriptions of the three charities selected:

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital: Child and Family Life

The Child and Family Life program at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital provides activities and support for patients and their families as they undergo the stresses of extended hospital stay. This program provides art and music therapy, medical play, and procedure preparation in an effort to normalize the hospital experience for the children. In 2009, Child and Family Life served more than 9,000 Mott patients and their families. The selection of Child and Family Life continues U-M student-athletes' longstanding relationship with and support for Mott Children's Hospital and its patients. Website -

Student-Athletes Leading Social Change (SALSC)

Student-Athletes Leading Social Change (SALSC) catalyzes and connects student-athletes with a means to help change the world. This year, SALSC wishes to build a school in rural Ecuador, as education is considered one of the best tools to combat poverty. One hundred percent of the funds raised will go directly to completing this goal. In addition, three to four Michigan student-athletes will travel to Ecuador to help build this school and see firsthand the impact SAAC's donation has on the community. Website -

Michigan Autism Partnership (MAP)

The Michigan Autism Partnership (MAP) is the authoritative resource in Michigan for young children with autism and the parents and professionals who care for them. Autism is a developmental disability that can cause significant delay in social interaction, communication and behavior. Therapy programs are the best known treatment in aiding the development for these young children, but they are extremely expensive. MAP provides scholarships to families in need for the P.L.A.Y. Project, which is a play-based therapy in order to increase socialization, improve language, and decrease repetitive behavior. Funds from SAAC will provide 20 partial or six full scholarships to families in need, and MAP is allowing the Mock Rock executive board to handpick the families to support. Website -

About Mock Rock and SAAC

Mock Rock, a variety show featuring skits from Michigan's varsity student-athletes, was conceived by a group of U-M student-athletes in 1999 to honor the late wrestler Jeff Reese, and the money raised from the first events endowed a scholarship in his name.

As Mock Rock grew dramatically into a viable and sustainable project, SAAC shifted its focus to giving back to the community in recognition of its support of student-athletes. In subsequent years, Mock Rock proceeds have benefited C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and philanthropic organizations such as Telling It, 826 Michigan and Student-Athletes Leading Social Change (SALSC).

SAAC is a student-run organization comprised of representatives from each varsity and club varsity athletic team at U-M, under the legislation of the Big Ten and NCAA Division I. As a governing body for the student athletic community, SAAC engages with the Michigan Athletic Department, as well as the University of Michigan at large, including the general student population through all its governing bodies and organizations. SAAC is the voice of more than 750 student-athletes striving to create leadership opportunities, through organizing and participating in athletic events, campus activities and community service.

The 2011 Mock Rock executive board includes Taylor Day (women's rowing), Christi Barwick (field hockey), Erik Braun (men's track) and Jordan Sexton (women's gymnastics).

SAAC Website

SAAC Contact: Taylor Day (814) 450-8863 or