ROCHESTER, NY - Women's soccer player Mya Mahon has been appointed to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Student-Athlete Council as one of two representatives from Region III, which represents 21 community colleges from across NY state.  The council, chaired by Heather Conger, NJCAA Region 19 Women's Assistant Director and Aaron Bouyea, NJCAA Region 3 Men's Assistant Director and current MCC Director of Athletics, aims to provide student-athletes from all 24 NJCAA regions the opportunity to engage and grow while attending their two-year institution, at a national level.

"Student-athletes and their experiences are at the heart of everything we do and our number one priority," stated  Bouyea. "The development of the student-athlete council provides a forum for our student-athletes to have a voice at the national level on major issues facing college athletics and the NJCAA. Mya is a true leader and will represent MCC and Region III well at the national level."

The council will meet via Zoom throughout the year to discuss relevant dynamics surrounding student-athletes at the two-year college level today. Council members will also attend the annual NJCAA Convention, serve a variety of roles on the council, assist with decision making, as well as propose new ideas in meetings with NJCAA leadership and national office leadership. 

"I am grateful for this amazing opportunity to be apart of the NJCAA National Student-Athlete Council," said Mahon. "I am eager to represent NJCAA student athletes from all over New York State and to be the voice to include them in national dialogue. I can't wait to work side by side with council administrators and fellow student-athletes to advance council goals of creating new opportunities for the student-athlete experience."

Goals for the committee include but are not limited to: Advance NJCAA student-athlete voices to include them in national dialogue, create new opportunities for the student-athletes experience, encourage student-athlete opinions on current or proposed legislation, provide recommendations based on student-athlete involvement, and increase engagement and participation by NJCAA Student-Athletes at a regional and national scope.

"This is a great honor for Mya, the women's soccer program and the full athletic department," said head coach Sal Galvano.  "She represents both character and excellence on the field and in the classroom.   She has a great personality, along with her leadership ability she displays, makes her a perfect choice for the NJCAA National Student-Athlete Council. She is a great choice to represent MCC on this Council."