Fresno State Wins 2012-13 Mountain West SAAC Community Service Award

March 7, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Mountain West announced Fresno State as the winner of the 2012-13 MW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Community Service Award.

For the eighth consecutive academic year, the MW SAAC challenged each other's institution in a league-wide competition for the award. This year's contest had the league's institutions counting their total hours of assistance while participating in various service activities around their respective communities.

During the months of September - February, nine MW institutions tallied 15,411 hours of community service. Fresno State tallied 3,701 hours of service to win its first MW Community Service Award. UNLV finished second with 2,017 service hours and Wyoming finished third with 1,693 hours.

Fresno State student-athletes participated in numerous volunteer opportunities around their local community and on campus. Student-athletes volunteered at and collected items on a monthly basis to donate to the Fresno Rescue Mission. In addition, student-athletes spent 843 hours volunteering with the Big Heroes, Little Heroes program at a local children's hospital. On Feb. 9, 2013, student-athletes contributed 120 total hours to the National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration and youth clinic on Fresno State's campus.

The award will be presented to representatives from Fresno State during its men's basketball opening contest at the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Men's & Women's Basketball Championships in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Conference would like to recognize the student-athlete advisory committees from all nine of its institutions for their hard work and efforts on the 2012-13 MW Community Service Project. A photo gallery showcasing MW institutions participating in community service activities can be viewed by clicking HERE.