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    Athlete association active off the field

    Amruth Jonnalagadda

    Issue date: 4/17/09 Section: Sports
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    Case students have been known to be intelligent, hardworking, and career-oriented. However, "athletically spirited" is not an adjective frequently attached to members of the Case community who are not student-athletes. Although the men's basketball team has a group of devoted fans known as the Case Crazies, athletics hardly seems to create unity amongst the student body.

    The Case Association of Student Athletes (CASA) is looking to change the relationship between athletics and the Case community by increasing the visibility of student-athletes within the campus and providing these student-athletes with leadership opportunities. Once known as the Captain's Council, CASA has organized student-athletes into a more influential voice around campus. CASA is composed of two representatives from each varsity team, and these representatives meet every month, allowing for better communication between athletes of different teams. "Our job is to promote school spirit," said CASA President Kate Pollard.

    CASA has made some major strides in the past two years. This past summer CASA held the meeting for the UAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

    Athletics director Dave Diles said, "It was a fantastic opportunity for student-athletes to share information and learn what's going on at other campuses." In fact, the meeting gave CASA the idea to hold its First Annual Athlete Formal, which will be on May 2 and is open to all students. The formal will be free for all Case athletes. "Other members of the UAA had a lot of success with similar types of events," said Pollard.

    CASA anticipates that Case will gain representation in the Div. III National Student Athlete Advisory Committee sometime in the near future. The current UAA representative is Washington University, but its term on the committee is almost done. "The process for getting a representative on the committee is competitive, but we have so many exceptional student-athletes," said Diles.

    During the school year, CASA has brought more attention to student-athletes through various events. The organization sold Blue CWRU cards at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. These cards are recognized by various food joints and help students receive discounts. CASA has also held several cookouts and Blue CWRU events. Pollard said, "These events bring more awareness to teams that might not receive great attendance." Each event is held by a particular sports team and is meant to achieve school spirit through unity.
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