UK Athletics SAAC Announces Officers for 2023-24

UK Athletics SAAC Announces Officers for 2023-24

Men’s Soccer’s Ben Damge to Serve as SAAC President

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Kentucky Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has announced the officers elected to serve the department for the 2023-24 academic year.

The men’s soccer team’s Ben Damge will serve as president, women’s basketball’s Nyah Leveretter will serve as vice president, women’s golf’s Laney Frye will remain secretary and Tallulah Miller from women’s soccer will be historian.

SAAC is the student-athlete organization that represents the student-athletes at the University of Kentucky. SAAC seeks to ensure that UK Athletics provides each sport and every student-athlete with a quality environment and the essentials to be competitive as a student-athlete and a team. Each UK team is represented by at least one SAAC member. SAAC is supported by UK Athletics’ Student-Athlete Experience division.

Damge (Mason, Ohio) will be a senior in 2023-24, and played a big part in Kentucky’s 2022 historic season in which the team won the conference regular-season and tournament titles, entering the NCAA Tournament as the undefeated No. 1-overall-seed conference, reaching the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row.

Leveretter, (Blythewood, S.C.) a member of the 2022 Southeastern Conference Tournament Champions, played in 26 games and made 21 starts during the 2022-23 season. Leveretter has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll (2021, 2022), SEC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Leadership Council (2022-23) and was inducted into the Frank G. Ham Society of Character earlier this year.

Frye (Lexington, Ky.) will be a senior next year and is a perennial honor roll student and was a huge part of the women’s golf team’s tournament titles in the fall of 2022. In 2020-21 she enjoyed one of the best seasons in Kentucky history, being UK’s top finisher at its first NCAA Championship finals appearance in 29 years, earning a selection to the SEC All-Freshman Team and reaching the match-play portion of the U.S. Women’s Amateur.

Miller (Richmond, Virginia) started 17 of 18 matches in goal as a redshirt freshman in 2022. Miller made 49 saves on the season, including a career-high seven vs. Tennessee. She won seven games in net and finished the year with a 0.690% save percentage while being named to 2022 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll.

The SAAC has selected a Community Partner of Choice in recent years, working with UK Healthcare Kentucky Children’s Hospital for the last three years, and Special Olympics of Kentucky from December 2018 through April 2020.

The next SAAC Community Partner of Choice will be announced soon.

UK student-athletes work with numerous other charitable organizations, but the “Community Partner of Choice” initiatives enable Wildcat student-athletes to cultivate even deeper relationships in a focused manner.


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