Kauai grad appointed to national committee

Kauai’s Jori Jasper, a member of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine softball team, has been appointed to the National NCAA Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

Jasper, a graduate of Kauai High School where she played softball, will become one of 31 committee members who represent each of the Division I NCAA Athletic Conferences in the country, states a release.

This appointment will allow Jasper to represent a total of 160,000 student athletes.

“It is an honor to be selected by the NCAA to represent the University of Hawaii and the Big West Conference at the national level,” Jasper said.

She was selected after the Big West submitted six potential nominees to represent the Big West Conference for the next two years.

Jasper has been a SAAC member of the University of Hawaii since her freshman year and has been Hawaii’s SAAC chairperson for the last year. She was also elected Big West Representative during the same period.

“It is a great honor for our university and department to have an amazing student-athlete selected to represent our conference on the NCAA SAAC,” said Cindy Rote, UH SAAC adviser and director of student-athlete development.

Jasper is the second UH student-athlete to receive the honor.

The appointment will run at the same time she continues to chair the committee on the University of Hawaii campus.

The SAAC Committee has Jasper and her fellow Hawaii student-athletes discussing how institutional policies and decisions affect their athletic programs.

They also act as voices for their teammates and participate in activities and projects on campus and in the community.

In the representative capacity, Jasper will act as a liaison between the Big West Conference, all student-athletes from each of its nine Universities, and the NCAA Division I Leadership Council.

Her year-round duties include attending and participating in Nation SAAC meetings, conference calls and community positions on high priority issues between the Big West and the National Leadership Council.

Jasper heads for the Big West SAAC Conference in Los Angeles on July 21 and 22 before heading to the NCAA National SAAC Conference in Indianapolis on July 23 through 25.

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