As student-athletes contemplate returning to their respective campuses, there are many issues to be considered. The Howard University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee recently announced its executive board for the 2020–21 academic year, which will be led by president Tiffany Hunt, a lacrosse player and New Jersey native, and vice-president track athlete Zachyre Lane.
“I wanted to step up more in my position within SAAC, and I wanted to immerse student-athletes more into media relations in our sports information department,” said Hunt, a broadcast journalist major and sports administration minor who is her team’s social media manager. “I felt it was important that we really showcase our athletes, and I wanted to put as many efforts as I could to do that.”
Lane described herself as introverted. She sees this leadership position as a chance to step out of her comfort zone and also to see the student-athletes get more university-wide recognition.
Both Hunt and Lane said there is a definite sisterhood among the female student-athletes at Howard. “A lot of them are my closest friends, and that goes beyond the lacrosse team,” said Hunt. “We’ve all created this bond,” said Lane, a health science major with a concentration in physical therapy.
In the next academic year, student-athletes will be navigating uncharted waters, and Hunt vows to be a voice. “Something I want to implement this year is having town halls,” she said. “It’s very important that we listen to what people are feeling, what they need and what assistance they want from SAAC and the athletics department…during this unusual time in college sports.”
Lane said she appreciated the recent mental health check-in. “That’s very beneficial during this pause with everyone stuck at home,” she said. “We need to be accessible and reach out to other athletes who may need some help right now.”
Hunt loves the fast pace of lacrosse. “You always have to play at 100%. There’s no downtime during the game physically or mentally. Also, it’s a game that’s always evolving,” she noted. Lane’s mother ran track at Johnson C. Smith University and took Lane and her sister to track meets. “My sister complained it was hot, but I found it a very interesting sport. I wanted to give it a try,” said Lane, who has continued to compete despite being a two-time cancer survivor.
Hunt’s goal is to become a talk show host and humanitarian. Lane is looking at graduate schools to pursue physical therapy. While being student-athletes has been incredibly demanding, both appreciate the structure and discipline.