Four Tennessee student-athletes are headed to Birmingham, Alabama, this weekend to participate in a joint meeting of SEC Student-Athlete Leadership Councils and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Football’s Ryan Johnson, swimmer Madison Graham and basketball players Kamera Harris and John Fulkerson are set to attend the two-day event, during which representatives from each SEC institution come together to talk about their student-athlete experience, discuss ways the SEC can support student-athletes and collaborate on various programming ideas at the conference and campus level.
“The Joint SEC Student-Athlete Leadership Council meeting allows our student-athletes to engage with SEC staff and have meaningful discussions regarding the student-athlete experience,” Tennessee Coordinator for Student-Athlete Development Erin Holland said. “It also is a great opportunity for the student-athletes to have peer-to-peer conversations on various topics such as mental wellness, NCAA legislation and engagement initiatives.”
Johnson, a rising junior offensive lineman from Brentwood, Tennessee, is representing both the UT Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the SEC Football Leadership Council this weekend.
Johnson and Graham—a rising senior from Atlanta—are serving as Tennessee’s SAAC Co-Chairs for the 2019-20 academic year.
A 6-3 center for the Lady Vols, Harris is a rising senior from Hampton, Georgia. Fulkerson, a forward from Kingsport, Tennessee, will be a redshirt junior next season.
The meeting will begin with an open discussion with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey on Friday followed by a presentation on leadership and perseverance by Thaddeus Bullard, WWE’s Titus O’Neil. Dr. Rob Bell, certified sports psychologist and SEC alum will meet with the group on Saturday, and the six Leadership Council chairs and vice chairs will provide an update from SEC Spring Meetings.
In other agenda items, SEC Assistant Commissioner Matt Boyer will discuss SEC- and NCAA-approved legislation for the 2019-20 academic year, and SAAC representatives will present programming ideas from their respective campuses. The meeting will conclude on Saturday with a session on career development with best-selling author Will Baggett and a review of SEC and NCAA scholarship and personal development opportunities with SEC Director of Student-Athlete Engagement Misty Brown.
This marks the third joint meeting of these groups since they were introduced in 2016. In total, 68 SEC student-athletes are set to attend the event.