Community service is an integral piece of the Princeton student-athlete experience. In the Fall of 2013, the Student-Athlete Service Council (SASC) was created for the purpose of supporting and coordinating service opportunities for Princeton student-athletes. SASC provides volunteer opportunities throughout the year to accommodate the busy schedules of student-athletes. The council works closely with the Pace Center, the administration of the Princeton Varsity Club, and representatives from each of the 37 varsity sports teams.
“During my four years at Princeton, I’ve been inspired by the commitment and dedication to service that I’ve seen amongst both varsity student-athletes and the hundreds of students involved in weekly service projects coordinated by Princeton’s Pace Center for Civic Engagement. I envision the Student-Athlete Service Council as a bridge between Princeton Athletics and the Pace Center, to broaden our varsity teams’ reach in the community and to simplify the process of finding and organizing a service project. I’m excited to see SASC grow and expand; particularly, to develop innovative ways to provide information and encourage student-athletes to get more deeply involved in service.” –Tiana Woolridge ’15, Women’s Volleyball
SASC Member Profiles
Samantha Anderson ’22
Sam Anderson ’22 is a senior on the Varsity Women’s Track and Field team from Matawan, NJ. She is a Civil and Environmental Engineering major and is pursuing a certificate in Geological Engineering. In high school, Sam was a member of her school’s Interact Community Service Club, where she coordinated events for students to volunteer and raise money for local charities and people in need. Following her sophomore year, Sam volunteered in southern Vietnam through the Coach for College program, sponsored by the PVC, where she coached soccer and taught physics to eighth and ninth grade students. As part of SASC, Sam is looking forward to organizing events for students-athletes to become more involved in the local community.
Kari Buonanno ’24
Kari Buonanno ’24 is a sophomore from Providence, Rhode Island. On campus, Kari is a member of the Women’s Lacrosse Team and is a Student-Athlete Wellness Leader. Before Princeton, Kari was a member of the Community Action Club at her high school and spent many mornings volunteering at Amos House in South Providence serving meals before school. She also helped coach lacrosse at lower-income schools through Providence After School Alliance (PASA). Kari is excited to be a part of SASC to continue to give back to the community.
Daniella Calabrese ’24
Daniella Calabrese ’24 is a sophomore on the women’s ice hockey team from Brooklin, Ontario.. Before coming to Princeton, she volunteered at local settlement homes to collect and distribute goods to families in need. She also helped organize and run her high school’s Relay For Life events and volunteered at youth hockey camps. As a member of SASC, she is excited to give back and engage with our Princeton community, while also encouraging student-athlete participation in service activities!
Jack Crockett ’23
Jack Crockett ’23 is a junior on the Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team from Menlo Park, CA. Before Princeton, he served as a service ambassador at his high school where he helped organize class service days and create his school’s first diaper drive which collected 10,000+ diapers for a nearby community in need. Throughout high school he worked with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula and St. Francis of Assisi as a Youth Tutor/Mentor. Over the summer, he co-founded a local food donation service formed in response to COVID-19. He is excited to engage with the local Princeton community and organize impactful service opportunities for each team.
Emma Davis ’22
Emma Davis ’22 is a senior on the Varsity Women’s Soccer Team originally from Clinton, NY, but relocating to Long Beach, CA. She majors in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and is pursuing a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Before coming to Princeton, Emma volunteered at her local church, participating in a variety of activities for all ages of the community, she particularly loved working with kids. As a new member of the Student Athlete Service Council she is excited to give back to the Princeton Community and make a difference where she can.
Frankie DeRosa ’22
Frankie DeRosa ’22 is a senior on the Varsity Men’s Soccer from West Chester, PA, majoring in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Before Princeton, he volunteered through his mom’s non-profit, Clifford’s Gift, helping his mom pack lunches for the homeless in West Chester. He also has experience with the Andrew L. Hicks Jr. Foundation where he was a mentor to underprivileged children in Chester, Pennsylvania. He is particularly interested in working with underprivileged children and he hopes to be able to continue working with both children and the athletic community.
Henry Dubiel ’24
Henry Dubiel ’24 is a sophomore from Juno Beach, FL. He is a member of the Varsity Men’s Golf team and majoring in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Before Princeton, he was involved helping provide meals for the food bank at his local parish, St. Paul of the Cross. At Princeton, Henry has helped raise money for Folds of Honor, has been a regular contributor to “Reading with the Tigers”, and really enjoys working with kids. He is also a big Boston sports fan. Henry joined SASC because he wants to do his part and help better the Princeton community.
Raneem El Torky ’22
Raneem El Torky ’22 is a senior on the Varsity Women’s Squash Team from Egypt. She is in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. In high school, she volunteered on a weekly basis at a retirement house by spending time with elders, assisting them in using computers and preparing meals for them. She was also part of a community service group that encouraged peace and promoted actions that would positively impact our country during the Egyptian Revolution. She is really excited to be part of the Student-Athlete Service Council and be able to help organize events that will allow all our student-athletes to be more involved in community service projects.
Jordan Marcus ’22
Jordan Marcus ’22 is a senior on the varsity women’s lacrosse team from Richmond, Virginia. Jordan spent last summer volunteering with the sport for development non-profit Lacrosse the Nations. She continues to volunteer with Lacrosse the Nations and is excited to help further Princeton’s mission of “Education through Athletics.” She is a Sociology major and member of the Cannon Dial Elm Club, with aspirations to attend law school.
Jake Mayer ’22
Jake Mayer ’22 is co-President of SASC and a senior on the Varsity Men’s Golf Team from Scotch Plains, NJ. In high school he was involved with the GCAA Military Tribute Program to raise money for Folds of Honor. Two years ago the Princeton Men’s Golf Team participated in the program, honoring Princetonian Second Lieutenant Wilton Stroud Pyle. This past year the team is honoring First Lieutenant Vic Prato, who graduated from Princeton in 2015 and played on the defensive line for the football team. The team will continue to honor Lieutenant Prato this season due to the Covid-interrupted season. He also works with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Mercer County and mentors a local elementary school student.
Mary Murphy ’22
Mary Murphy ’22 is co-President of SASC and a senior from Somers, NY. As a member of the Women’s Lacrosse team, Mary has participated in annual team events for Harlem Lacrosse, a non-profit organization that provides academic and athletic support to at-risk youth, and has volunteered at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). She is a Best Buddies member and enjoys shooting hoops with her most amazing buddy, Isaac! Mary is an active member and organizer of Athletes in Action (AIA), as well as a Student Athlete Wellness Leader (SAWL) . A Princeton School of Public and International Affairs major, Mary spent last summer interning in Ecuador and is always looking to improve her Spanish. As co-president of SASC, she is excited to work and collaborate with all members to expand the scope of the Service Council and help introduce new, impactful and long-lasting initiatives.
Mindy Pang ’23
Mindy Pang ’23 is a junior on the varsity women’s water polo team from Greenwich, CT. She plans to major in Psychology and pursue a certificate in Entrepreneurship. Before Princeton, she was involved in service with her local Meals-on-Wheels, as well as volunteering with several other organizations including the Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home and Clothes-to-Kids. She particularly loves teaching and working with children, and also spent time volunteering at her own childhood preschool, Family Centers, and at her local water polo club in a program for 4-7 year olds first learning how to play the sport. In high school, she served as a mentor in a mentorship program for middle-school girls, helped elementary and middle-school children improve foreign language skills through an oral proficiency program, and led an initiative that collected and organized lightly-used textbooks and other educational materials to redistribute to underprivileged students in need. Mindy is extremely excited to be a part of SASC and collaborate with fellow service-minded individuals to lead and coordinate projects, and be able to bring more opportunities to the greater student-athlete community at large.
Erik Peters ’22
Erik Peters ’22 is a senior on the Varsity Men’s Lacrosse Team from Highlands Ranch, CO. He is an Economics major and is also getting a certificate in Environmental Studies. In high school, Erik was on the leadership board for Denver City Lax, a non-profit providing mentorship and guidance to low income Denver families through the sport of lacrosse. He joined SASC because he is grateful for the amazing opportunities that he has been given and wants to give back to help others chase their own dreams.
Maddie Plank ’24
Maddie Plank ’24 is a sophomore on the Varsity Women’s Basketball team from Westchester County, New York. She is interested in economics and neuroscience. In high school, she volunteered her time with Share the Ball and VIP Special Connection; both organizations teach children of all backgrounds and abilities how to play basketball. Upon coming to Princeton, she joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in which she befriended a child from the Princeton community and developed a sister and mentor relationship. She is so excited to contribute her passion for sports and love for children to the SASC team.
Annie Robinson ’22
Annie Robinson ‘22 is a senior on the women’s water polo team from Riverside, Connecticut. She is an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major getting a certificate in Global Health. Before Princeton, she volunteered as a NEHSA ski instructor and a Stand By Me Tutor. On campus, she volunteers with CONTACT of Mercer County and serves as a SHARE Peer. Annie joined SASC because she thinks that athletes have a unique ability to influence the community through service and wants to help organize activities to increase service by the athletic teams.
Serena Starks ’23
Serena Starks ’23 is a junior on the Varsity Women’s Softball team from Huntington Beach, California. She has plans to major in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and pursue a certificate in Spanish and Asian American studies. In high school, she completed her Girl Scout Gold Award called Team Players, with a goal to incorporate students with special needs into Varsity sports. She held a surfing event, which is now an annual event with over 40 special needs kids having the opportunity to surf at the beach and was able to accommodate those from Down’s Syndrome to CP with quadriplegia. She has been a member of Best Buddies for 5 years, community chair on the Disabilities Awareness Board, participated in Academic Success Today as a mentor to middle school students and participates in Reading with the Tigers. As a member of SASC, Serena is passionate about incorporating both the special needs and Princeton Varsity athlete community into one.
Ryan Winkler ’24
Ryan Winkler ’24 is a sophomore on the Men’s Varsity Soccer Team from Monroe, Connecticut. Before Princeton, he volunteered at his town’s social service department organizing and helping in a Back to School supplies drive and the Giving Tree, a Christmas gift drive. He also was the president of the Interact Club, a club specializing in social service, and participated in Unified Sports. He joined SASC to give back to the surrounding community, especially to less fortunate people and people with special needs. He hopes that through SASC he can have a great impact on others’ lives.