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Cross Country Athlete and Occupational Therapy Student Anthony Sassano Speaks Of His Experience At The NCAA Convention

January 2018

Anthony Sassano - Sports Shot

This past January, I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to attend The NCAA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. As a member of the Dominican University cross county team, I represented the Pacwest Conference, Dominican University, and over 120,000 NCAA division II student-athletes as a member of the NCAA Division II Student Athlete Advisory Committee (NCAA SAAC). I participated in meetings that aimed to improve the overall well-being and experience of student-athletes in the NCAA. With this goal in mind, the NCAA SAAC engaged in discussions about time management skills, community engagement, the mental health of student-athletes, and sexual assault awareness on all college campuses. At the end of Convention, I was given the opportunity to sit on a panel in front of hundreds of people to discuss what SAAC is and the impact it can have on college campuses nationwide.

It was an amazing experience working with student-athletes from around the country, each of whom come from unique backgrounds. Being an OT major, I was able to provide unique insight on a variety of topics including time management, mental health, and others.  Because of my studies involving working with individuals to improve quality of life, I was put in charge of leading discussions with Team IMPACT and Make-A-Wish (two non-profit organizations that aim to improve the quality of life of children with chronic or terminal illnesses). Being able to combine my love and passion for sports and OT was a truly magical experience.


Dominican Occupational Therapy students are passionate about the work they do.  Nothing shows this better than the videos they have made about their profession.



A day in the life of a Dominican Occupational Therapy Student

-Produced by student Zoe Struder.

Dominican Occupational Therapy Rap

-Produced by graduates Reynaldo Ballestreros and Joshua Ramos