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For the Third Summer, We Asked Returning Student-Athletes to Tell Us About Their Time Away From Studying and Stress

For the Third Summer, We Asked Returning Student-Athletes to Tell Us About Their Time Away From Studying and Stress

Name: Mckenzie Maneggia
Year: Class of 2020
Hometown: Andover
Major: Sport & Leisure Management
Aspirations: Athletic Administration


In her own words:

“In mid-July, I made a trip to Indianapolis, home of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), flying there to attend a Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (NSAAC) meeting. NSAAC is made up of 40 members, one student-athlete from each Division III conference in the United States.

“While in Indy, I attended meetings to go over different initiatives that NSAAC wished to institute in the upcoming year. There were three main topics: mental health, sustainability, and Special Olympics. I am a member of the sustainability committee, and we brainstormed ideas on how to educate and implement helpful strategies on our campuses.

“We also met with Division III Vice President Dan Dutcher, who updated us on hot topics in the NCAA such as Esports, image likeness, and gambling. Mr. Dutcher explained how these topics could specifically affect Division III student-athletes. After that, we reviewed the upcoming legislative changes for Division III and discussed our stance on each proposed rule change.  On the last day, we participated in a corn hole Special Olympics event. We were paired with members from the Management Council and a Special Olympics athlete.

“Once we finished playing corn hole we explored the NCAA Hall of Champions with our athlete, had an ice cream social, and then headed home!”

Note: Mckenzie Maneggia is the president of Eastern’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), as well as the Little East Conference representative to the NCAA National SAAC.

Athletic Career: Mckenzie embarks up her fourth year at Eastern in the fall of 2019 after a celebrated high school volleyball career at RHAM in Hebron which included three trips to the state finals, a state championship, and honors as a two-time All-State setter and team MVP. This fall, the 2019 co-recipient of the Holly E. Zimmerman Memorial Award will be serving as a team captain for the second straight year. A 2019 recipient of an Eastern Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award and a Little East Conference All-Academic achiever, Mckenzie was the starting setter on the 2018 LEC regular-season and tournament championship team. Appearing in 100 of a possible 105 sets, Mckenzie totaled 539 assists (5.39 assists per set) on a team which won seven of eight LEC regular-season matches, qualified for the NCAA tournament, and finished with an overall record of 23-7. In addition to assists, Mckenzie led the team with a .984 serve percentage, committing only six errors on 382 serves, and was third on the team with 242 digs. In an LEC sweep of Castleton University last Oct. 6, Mckenzie tied the match record with 12 service aces. She enters her final season with striking distance of breaking into the all-time Top 10 listing for career assists.