SGA Alumni Association
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“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Rob Siltanen

 
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Mission

The Sun God Archery Alumni Association strives to develop a community of leaders for change who utilize their knowledge and experience in sport to drive positive impacts in their community.

 

Strategy

In order to propel the Association towards our mission, we have four key areas we focus in on:

01. Annual Project

The annual project is how we as an organization can make significant impacts each year and help our community support our mission in different ways.

02. Education

Coaching is universal-regardless of your job, title, education, or background, a good mentor can make huge differences to individuals and communities alike.

03. Quarterly Events

Quarterly events provide an opportunity to stay connected with one another and share what we have learned and grown from in the past months.

04. Leadership Through Sport

Our speaker series aims to illustrate how the many lessons we learn through sport can and should be used for the rest of our lives.

 
 
 

"When we are no longer able to change a situation-we are challenged to change ourselves."

Viktor E. Frankl

 
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Our Values

Core values are the Association's guiding principles-resolute beliefs which endure throughout the life of our organization, our goals, strategies, and mission.

 

Community

We respect, encourage, support, and challenge one another and our community as a whole.

Personal Growth

We are driven to constantly improve not only ourselves, but also the world around us.

Students

We keep our minds open, always looking for opportunities to learn and always taking criticism as an opportunity to grow.

Ownership

We take personal responsibility for our words and actions. We hold ourselves accountable for our promises, decisions, and if we make a mistake, we fix it.

 

Core Competencies

Our mission drives us, our values guide us, our core competencies define us.

Take Action

We are agile and responsive, and timely in making things happen.

Teamwork

We trust, listen to, care about, and empower each other to work as a team. We know that we can make bigger impacts and greater changes, together.

Tenacity

We have the courage of our convictions and never falter in the face of adversity.

Continuous Improvement

We proactively build our knowledge and skills and constantly evaluate our processes and programs to find ways we can be better.

 
 

Assiduity

We are diligent, making sure that each person is cared for, every problem is addressed, and all ideas considered.

Laughter

We appreciate and enjoy the work we do and have fun while we do it.

 
 
 

"Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple and it is also that difficult."

Warren Bennis 

 
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Our Story

Throughout my time as and officer and even now as West Region Rep and Head Coach of SGA, I often talked to officers-not just SGA, but from all across college archery-listened to their frustrations, their exhaustion, their feelings of being overwhelmed, burnt out and on the verge of quitting, and asked them why? Why did you want to become an officer?

Without hesitation-"because I love this community, the people in it, helping them learn, grow, and find a place they belong."

I've had several years to reflect on that question since Alina Zhu, SGA Founder, first asked it all the way back in 2015, when I was burnt out and frustrated, and from then to now, the answer hasn't changed-this community. When I joined SGA back in 2013, the people in SGA made me feel like it was a place I belonged, people who welcomed me, encouraging me to grow and succeed, and who celebrated my successes with me. As an officer, I spent a lot of time coaching the team and club because I wanted people to have the same incredible experiences I had through this community. Just like those other officers-I wanted to see the people in our community learn, grow, and find a place they belong.

As the years went by, this community more than just encouraged me, it challenged me to grow. Challenged me to think in new ways, to see new and different perspectives, to think first and then speak, to self reflect and push myself out of my comfort zones, and to act on my beliefs and values. Most of all, on days that I struggled--struggled to keep going, to believe in myself, to haul myself out of bed, or to pick up my bow--the SGA Community was right there, reminding me to laugh, and helping me pick up the pieces falling off the ends.

We created the Association because we are inspired by the transformative growth we see in the people who join the SGA family and the impact our community has on the communities around us. It is through that growth and the development of leaders for change that we can make positive impacts, whether big or small, in our homes, families, workplace, or in the world around us, and together make a greater difference than we could as individuals.

Ardus ad Solem

 

Jason Tong | Founder & CEO

 
 
 

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