Dancing with the Stars

January 29, 2015

Most Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAACs) provide community service by helping with food and clothing drives, engaging with children, or partnering with service agencies. But at Lynn University, the student-athletes march to a different drummer--one that plays rock 'n' roll music.

For the past five years, the Lynn SAAC has organized a Senior Citizens Prom at the Stratford Court Senior Living Community, located near the campus. Along with planning the party, Knight athletes get dressed up and dance the night away with about 100 young-at-heart residents.

"Our relationship with the Stratford Court Community began about seven years ago as part of a life skills course the student-athletes take," says Sara Quatrocky, Lynn's SAAC Advisor, Assistant Athletic Director, and Senior Woman Administrator. "It started with bingo, but we wanted to grow it into something bigger, and a prom seemed like a fun idea."

Each year, Quatrocky and the Lynn student-athletes come up with a theme--this year's was a 1950's rock 'n' roll party--hire a DJ from an approved Stratford Court list, provide refreshments, and decorate the venue. At the start of the dance, the seniors pick Knight athletes to take a picture with, and at the end of the evening, the student-athletes vote for two prom kings and two queens.

Quatrocky says the key to making the event memorable is having student-athletes who take it seriously. "You've got to have athletes who are willing to be energetic, dance with the seniors, and have a good time," she says. "It doesn't take a lot to make the residents' day, and this has become one of the most popular events Stratford Court puts on."
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