Saagar has been involved in multiple organizations at Niles North High School and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Though he’s been affiliated with multiple groups, his two biggest influences on his life have been Chess and Alpha Kappa Lambda.
Saagar is currently a USCF Class ‘A’ chess player. He started playing competitively during the winter of his Freshman year at Niles North High School. After playing competitively for a year, Saagar was award the prestigious The Larry Stilwell Award Winner as the Most Outstanding Sophomore in Illinois. It is awarded to a leader that fosters team Esprit de Corps, good sportsmanship, outstanding chess playing ability, active involvement, and superior personality traits as illustrated by Larry Stilwell. As Captain at Niles North High School, he led his team to an IHSA State Championship, 2nd place finish, 3rd place finish. The IHSA State Championship is the largest team chess tournament in the world. As an individual player, he was the ICA 12th Grade State Champion.
During his sophomore year in college, he helped found the UIUC Chess Team. Along with Fast Chess National Champion, Michael Auger, and U.S. National Chess Champion, Eric Rosen, the team is recognized as one of the only powerhouses that is not on a full scholarship.
Alpha Kappa Lambda: National Collegiate Fraternity
In the Spring of 2012, Saagar joined Alpha Kappa Lambda, a National Collegiate Fraternity. During his tenure, he spent countless hours in several leadership positions. He was elected by his fraternity brothers to the positions of Vice President of Finances, and Scholarship Chairman. Due to his reliable nature and outstanding work ethic, he was appointed as Philanthropy Chair and Alumni Relations Chair. He has overseen many events, managed a budget of over $600,000, and initiated the fraternity’s Alumni Mentoring Program. He is currently establishing a professional development program.
Alpha Phi Omega: National Service Fraternity
In the Fall of 2011, Saagar joined Alpha Phi Omega, a National Service Fraternity. Through this organization, he has volunteered at several shelters and non-profit groups in the Champaign area. Some of the locations include Black Swan Center, Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, and Habitat for Humanity.