SAAC Announces Trio of 2012 Mock Rock Beneficiaries
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Dec. 21, 2011

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 2012, 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 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County (BBBS) will receive donations from SAAC from funds generated by Mock Rock, an annual variety show featuring skits from Michigan's varsity student-athletes.

"We are looking forward to continuing to support C.S. Mott Children's Hospital as well as to support our very own U-M student-athletes in their endeavors to give back to the community," said Melisa Ongun, 2012 Mock Rock chair and a member of the U-M rowing team. "These three charities were chosen after a close vote! It's exciting to see Mock Rock grow every year and hopefully this year's event will raise more money than years past to go toward these great causes." Last year Mock Rock contributed to the Child and Family Life program at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, SALSC, and the Michigan Autism Partnership (MAP).

Building off last year's attempt to broaden the impact of Mock Rock and to diversify how funds raised through the event are allocated, SAAC again opened the application process to all area charities this year. The event chairs narrowed the applications down to seven that they felt were going to use the money most charitably, and the field was then was narrowed to three via a democratic voting process 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 Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Hill Auditorium. For further information or to make a donation, contact Melisa Ongun at melongun@umich.edu, or visit the SAAC website to make a donation through PayPal and learn more about the event.

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. 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 - http://www.mottchildren.org/mott-support-services/cfl

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County (BBBS)

Established in 1991, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Washtenaw County is a nonprofit, donor-supported volunteer organization that strives to ensure that all children achieve success in life. They provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better and forever. BBBS will use the monetary support to improve their mentor system, with the primary goal to grow their programs in order to serve more children who face adversity on a daily basis. Website - http://www.bbbswashtenaw.org

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. Last year, SALSC sent three U-M student-athletes to build a school in rural Ecuador, as education is considered one of the best tools to combat poverty. This year, SALSC will send three student-athletes to Kenya to build a school and see firsthand the impact SAAC's donation has on the community. One hundred percent of the funds raised will go directly to completing this goal. Website - http://www.salsc.org

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 800 student-athletes striving to create leadership opportunities, through organizing and participating in athletic events, campus activities and community service.

The 2012 Mock Rock executive board includes Claire Ivry (women's water polo), Melisa Ongun (women's rowing), Ariel Piotter (women's rowing), and Margaret Bellino (women's cross country).

SAAC Website

SAAC Contact: Melisa Ongun melongun@umich.edu