FAIRFAX, Va. (Oct. 5, 2006) - The George Mason Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) designated October as Student-Athlete Action Month with hopes to coordinate student-athletes' involvement with service for the campus and/or the larger community and to encourage individual teams to participate in community service in order to realize the potential of student-athletes to be positive role models in society.

The women's lacrosse team assisted with the MS Walk on September 29. Members of both George Mason University's basketball teams, as well as representatives from the coaching staff, began their annual community service of reading to local elementary schools on Sept. 22 and will continue throughout October and the season. Coach L and several players from his team will participate in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Reading Program from Sept. 2006 through April 2007.

The women's track & field team assisted with the McLean Youth Track club cross-country meet at Bull Run Park on September 30th. The wrestling team handed out ribbons on October 2 to men for the White Ribbon Campaign, geared towards ending the violence against women. It's the largest effort in the world of men working to end men's violence against women.

The rowing team has been assisting with the Clothesline Project for Sexual Assault Services on campus all this week. The project is a visual display of t-shirts created by and for victims providing women an opportunity to break the silence.

There are many more events slated for this month, including a canned food drive at all the home men's and women's soccer matches. The annual CAA Blood Drive will take place on October 18. The women's track & field team will be course marshals for the Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk in DC on October 22nd. The softball team will be designing and running a Haunted House for Special Olympians at the Annandale Fall Festival on Oct. 28th.