SAAC Spotlight: Seattle Pacific's Johnny Lo
Lo played 73 minutes in the 2022 fall season for the Falcons.
Lo played 73 minutes in the 2022 fall season for the Falcons.

Friday, April 14, 2023

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: Johnny Lo
Sport: Men's Soccer
Institution: Seattle Pacific
Year: Sophomore
Major: Business Management and Finance
Hometown: Tacoma, Washington

Why did you choose to attend SPU?: For a long time, I knew I wanted to go to school and play soccer in Seattle. Seattle Pacific had the right class sizes, location, tuition package and soccer program.

What is your favorite class you have taken in college and why?: One of my favorite classes that I've taken so far is Exploring Music. We get to spend the entire class listening to a wide variety of music and simply enjoying it together.

Who is your favorite professor so far and why?: History professor Alissa Walter is definitely one of my favorite professors. Not only is she an excellent speaker but she's also a compassionate individual who has taken in adopted children and even goes above and beyond to assist families seeking asylum in the United States. Her dedication to her work and her students is truly inspiring.

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

What made you want to be involved in SAAC?: I wanted to be a part of SAAC because it offers me an opportunity to engage in activities that I may not have access to otherwise.

What is your most memorable SAAC activity to date?: One of my favorite SAAC experiences has been attending the SAAC Retreat in Anaheim, California.

How do you feel participating in SAAC will help you in life after you graduate?: I believe that being a part of SAAC will provide me with valuable experience in working with individuals from diverse age groups and backgrounds, which will help me in my future career.
What is the most important thing you've learned from balancing the demands of athletics and academics?: You can't put tasks or assignments off and it's important to finish them soon as they arise.
What is the most important thing you've learned from balancing the demands of athletics and academics?: In order to maintain a good balance, it is important to approach tasks with a dedicated and focused mindset. However, it's also important to not take yourself too seriously.
What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome during your collegiate career?: Injuries have been my biggest personal obstacle.
What does it mean to you to be a Division II student-athlete?: As a Division II student-athlete, I believe that I have been given an incredible opportunity and I am determined to make the most of it.
What is the best advice you would give to an incoming freshman?: Make friends that are and aren’t on your team!
What is your favorite sports-related moment?: Playing in my first collegiate game against Pacific Lutheran University during the preseason.
Favorite Sports Team: Manchester United F.C. soccer club.
Favorite Athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo.
What is one thing that people don't know about you?: I like watching anime.