June 24, 2013
Minnesota senior kicker Chris Hawthorne has been selected to represent the Big Ten Conference on the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Hawthorne is the first student-athlete from Minnesota to represent the conference in this capacity.
Hawthorne will serve as the Big Ten Conference Representative from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2015. He replaces soccer player Lauren Cochlin of Wisconsin on the committee.
The Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is comprised of one representative from each of the 31 Division I conferences, and their mission is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image.
Hawthorne will attend three in-person Student-Athlete Advisory Committee meetings each year and will participate on several conference calls. One of his main duties will be to work closely with the Big Ten office to help formulate positions on various pieces of legislation.
Hawthorne has been a member of the Minnesota’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for two years and is one of the most active and dedicated Golden Gopher athletes. He is a three-year participant in Minnesota’s Maroon and Gold Impacting the Community program, which through 242 events last year, provided quality outreach opportunities for student-athletes. Hawthorne has also served on Minnesota’s Advisory Committee for Athletics and is now president of Gopher Global, which is a group focused on national and international student-athlete service projects.
Since December 2011, Hawthorne has volunteered more than 170 hours of his personal time to more than 20 local schools and nearly 20 organizations.
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