Student Athlete Volunteer Educators



SAVE Mission

Student Athlete Volunteer Educators (SAVE) is a group of Gustie athletes who are devoted to educating their fellow athletes on healthy lifestyle choices. SAVE members: 

  • Create, design, and implement programs that encourage academic achievement, healthy promotion, social responsibility and general life skills among student-athletes.
  • Act as a resource and help athletes make connections with other departments and organizations on campus.
  • Raise awareness of healthy lifestyles amongst the Gustavus athletic community through a variety of media campaigns
  • Coordinate the First Year Mentoring Experience (FAME) by being a resource for team mentors and providing social opportunities for all first year athletes. This program assists first year student-athletes during the adjustment process of being a college athlete.
  • Serve as a liaison between the athletic department and campus departments to promote wellbeing events.

Organization and Responsibilities

SAVE is made up of 13-15 sophomore, junior, and senior student-athletes from a variety of sports. SAVE is now taking applications for 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants can apply online at: 2021-2022 SAVE application

Applicantions are due April 7, 2021. Individual interviews will be held April 12-April 21 and applicants will be notified by email by April 26, 2021. New members will be invited to a welcome meeting in May. If you have any questions, please contact Kari Eckheart at 

Responsibilities of SAVE members include:

  • Educate student athletes about healthy lifestyles through presentations and speakers and model this behavior to others
  • Attend once a week meetings (program and/or training meetings)
  • Actively communicate with the advisor and other peer group members
  • Assist in the evaluation of program efforts, goals and outcomes and offer input into future directions for the program
  • Assist in mentoring first year student-athletes through the FAME program.

Meetings are held once per week on Thursday nights at 8pm in Lund Center.

2020-2021 SAVE Members

Ava Gonsorowski, Senior - Basketball

Ginger Valentine, Senior - Tennis

Sydney Henrichs, Senior - Hockey

Peter Lundquist, Senior - Basketball

Torben Urdahl, Senior - Baseball

Iliana Ramon, Junior - Cross Country & Track

Abigail Schammel, Junior - Track & Swimming/Diving

Kai Welsh, Junior - Volleyball

Carter Kopet, Junior - Football

Kenna West, Junior - Soccer

Sienna Wiebusch, Junior - Basketball

Kaylyn Leonard, Junior - Softball

Ethan Sindelir, Junior - Football

Kylee Cox, Junior - Volleyball