Athletic Affairs

The Athletic Affairs Committee is responsible for addressing the views and concerns of students regarding recreational, amateur and varsity athletics at the University. The committee’s goal is to sustain dialogue and bridge the gap between the Athletic Department, IM Rec, Student Council and students on grounds.


Water Bottle Distribution

The members of this initiative will plan and coordinate the distribution of water bottles at football games according to the emergency heat management plan. Every member of the Athletic Affairs committee (except those with previously established exemptions) will assist with this initiative, though a one or two can take on a larger role as the head of this initiative.

Sports Boxes

Members of this initiative will work to establish weather-proof boxes of sports equipment for commonly used areas such as Ohill field and Nameless field.

Club Sports and IM Rec Coordination

Members of this initiative will work to establish relationships with club sports teams and to address student concerns with IM Rec. Additionally, they’ll work to publicize club sports games through the creation of a calendar that all students can access.

Connecting Student-Athletes and CIOs

Members of this initiative will work to create a list of non-competitive, low-time commitment CIOs that student-athletes can join and participate in as much as their schedule allows, in an effort to normalize their university experience.

Meet the Co-Chairs

Rachel Palmer

Rachel Palmer is a third year majoring in Government and American Studies, with a concentration in popular and visual culture. Her eventual career goals are to work in Sports Marketing or Community Relations for a professional sports team. She joined Student Council and the Athletic Affairs committee in the spring of her second year.

Outside of Student Council, she serves as the Administrative Vice President of Gamma Phi Beta and is an intern with the Department of Athletics in Marketing and Promotions. You can almost always find her at Klockner Stadium or on the second floor of Gibson Hall.

Julia Krusen

I am a third year Government and History major and French minor from West Chester, PA. I have been involved in Student Council since my first year, first as a member of the Entrepreneurship and Innovations Committee and now as a Co-Chair of Athletic Affairs. Our committee has a lot of potential this year, and I’m excited to see where our initiatives take us. In addition to Student Council, I am a member of IRO, the Chief of Staff for VICS XXI, the collegiate Model UN conference hosted at UVA; a Program Director for Madison House’s ESOL Program, and a member of Club Cross Country. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions for our committee, feel free to contact me!