SAAC Spotlight: Simon Fraser's Emma Kramer
Kramer is a National SAAC Representative and averaged 5.9 points per game in the 2021-22 season.
Kramer is a National SAAC Representative and averaged 5.9 points per game in the 2021-22 season.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Part of a regular series.

Throughout the year, uses this space to profile conference student-athletes who are members of their respective institutions’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). In addition to providing feedback on the student-athlete experience, conference and institutional SAAC members also offer input on the rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives on NCAA member institution campuses.

Name: Emma Kramer
Sport: Women's Basketball
Institution: Simon Fraser
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Criminology/Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Surrey, British Columbia

Why did you choose to attend SFU?: My mom played at Simon Fraser and then coached when I was tiny. I had been a part of this program long before I started playing here. The education level, location and fantastic coaching staff were just additional bonuses to coming here.

What is your favorite class you have taken in college?: Aquatic Death Investigations. This course was super interesting and, due to my job as a lifeguard, I have had experience working in environments and situations that mirror those I learned about. It was informative and definitely a unique topic to know about.

How many years were you involved in SAAC?: Four years.

What made you want to be involved in SAAC?: I chose to get involved in SAAC because I wanted to get involved, give back to my institution's greater community and be a voice for my fellow student-athletes on campus.

What is your most memorable SAAC activity to date so far?: Probably my first National SAAC meeting and the joint Super Region convention in Chicago, Illinois. I've met so many lifelong friends and made so many memories that I will treasure forever.

What is the most important thing you've learned from balancing the demands of athletics and academics?: To use a calendar or agenda. It makes it so much easier to plan out your time if you have something to look at with all your practice and class times and assignment due dates. It has definitely helped me balance my life a lot more.

What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome during your collegiate career?: Probably struggling with my mental health as a student-athlete. I have not completely overcome it since it is a lifelong struggle, but I have made considerable strides to combat it since coming to university. I am very proud of myself for the work I have done for myself and for breaking the stigma for others.
What are your future goals after graduation?: I want to continue to advocate further for student-athlete mental health and the fight for equity for women in sports. I hope to do this while working as a post-graduate intern for the NCAA.
What is the best advice you would give to an incoming freshman?: Prioritize your mental health and remember to have fun. As student-athletes, we often put so much pressure on ourselves and forget that part of being athletes is having fun playing our sports. As well, your mental health is just as important as your physical health.
What is your favorite sports-related moment?: Getting my first double-double in my fourth year or beating the No. 1 ranked team in Division II in my first year.
Favorite Sports Team: Probably the Toronto Raptors and Seattle Storm.
Favorite Athlete: My sister, Sophia, who plays both soccer and basketball at a Canadian University.
What is one thing that people don't know about you?: I am a dual citizen. I have both Canadian and German citizenship.