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Mingo Appointed to NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 07/01/2014
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
Cameron Mingo has been appointed to the national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
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PRINCETON, N.J. – Cameron Mingo of the Princeton University baseball team has been chosen to represent the Ivy League on the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Beginning on July 1, Mingo’s two-year appointment will run through the summer of 2016, at which point he will be eligible for an additional one-year term.

“I am really excited to have been appointed to the national SAAC,” said Mingo. “It is a great opportunity to work directly with the NCAA during an important time for student-athletes.”

Attending the Ivy League SAAC meeting last fall, Mingo represented the university’s student-athletes in the conference’s legislative process and will continue to be an active member of Princeton’s Varsity Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (VSAAC).

Charged with enhancing the student-athlete experience at the university, Princeton’s VSAAC provides a student voice within the athletic department regarding both athletic and academic issues while working to strengthen the relationship between student-athletes, the athletics department, university administration and faculty.

Comprised of a representative from each of the NCAA’s 31 Division I conferences, the national SAAC seeks to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being and fostering a positive student-athlete image. SAAC members help solicit student-athlete response to proposed NCAA legislation and review, react and comment on the governance structure of legislation, activities and subjects of interest.

“Cameron is a great person who truly embraces what it means to be a Princeton student-athlete,” said Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator Allison Rich. “With the increased importance of the student-athlete voice in setting NCAA rules and policies, this is a great time for Cameron to be involved.”

“I am so proud to have him representing Princeton and the Ivy League on the national SAAC,” added Rich. “I know that he will contribute greatly to not only fulfilling the mission of the Division I SAAC, but also to the association as a whole moving forward.”

In addition to his involvement with the university’s VSAAC, Mingo has volunteered his time to several community outreach programs, including Princeton’s Truck Fest. Benefiting the Send Hunger Packing Initiative, the event was the result of collaboration between the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK), which provides low-income school children with nutritious meal packs.

Mingo has also contributed to the efforts of Teams & Toys and Team IMPACT. A community service project designed specifically for student-athletes, Teams & Toys allows Princeton varsity and club teams to adopt underprivileged families in the local area for the holiday season, purchasing and donating gifts for the children of their adopted families.

As a part of Team IMPACT, Mingo and the Princeton baseball adopted Ray Fantel, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy type 1, and his family as honorary members. Team IMPACT works to improve the quality of life for children facing serious illnesses by pairing them with local sports teams.

A rising junior, Mingo started six games as a right-handed pitcher last season, posting a 4.97 earned-run average in 25.1 innings. Beginning his career as a reliever, Mingo made his way into the starting rotation by the end of his rookie campaign, finishing with a 2.92 ERA in 10 appearances. Recording 33 strikeouts while issuing 15 walks in 49.1 innings, he held opposing hitters to a .283 batting average.




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