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UW student helps athletes have a voice in NCAA spring eligibility decision

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As the NCAA decides on eligibility relief for their spring sports, many of those athletes are left wondering what next season will hold.

"Yeah, I'm in a little bit of a pickle on trying to figure out what I'm going to do," said UW senior Tess Hackworthy. Also a member of the Wisconsin women's golf team.

"In the meantime we can just wait and hope that what we expressed as student athletes as a whole will be heard." Hackworthy said.

Hackworth is the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at Wisconsin. Members of this leadership group nationwide from several athletic conferences including the Big Ten sent a unified statement to the NCAA. This statement gave points of concern from athletes on what to be considered in a Monday vote by the NCAA.

"We just have to have our full trust in them that they are making the right decision," said Hackworthy. "That's why they are in that position. I really hope that it will be in everyone's best interest."

Thousands of spring sport athletes await the NCAA's decision, regardless Hackworthy knows she helped give fellow athletes a voice in the decision.

"It's what I signed up for and I'm super honored to be in this position."

For more information on Wisconsin's SAAC program, click here.

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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