Ray To Participate in NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference
April 25, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Brennan Ray, a sophomore on the Utah State basketball team, has been selected to participate in the fourth annual NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference, which will be held May 28 thru June 1, 2000 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Ray, a native of Chandler, Ariz., was selected from a total of 885 nominations.
"This is an excellent program that the NCAA has introduced and continued to develop over the past five years," commented Mary Ellen Cloninger, NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinator for Utah State. "Over the years, former student-athletes have brought back good ideas to improve our Life Skills program and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and to bring it in-line with what is happening nationally.
"Additionally, this is an incredible opportunity for Brennan to develop as a leader and pass those leadership skills along to his teammates and coaches."
The mission of the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference is to develop a diverse group of student-athletes who will actively participate in and experience a multitude of challenging and thought-provoking activities that will enable them to become change agents on their campuses and in their communities. It will provide NCAA student-athletes with the opportunity to discuss and explore critical issues facing their peers, to enhance their leadership skills, and to promote better communication among student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and communities.
A total of 352 student-athletes have been invited to attend the 2000 NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference. Student-athletes were nominated from NCAA member institutions that participate in the CHAMPS/Life Skills program.
The 2000 NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference will focus on critical issues identified during the nomination process as well as topics recommended by members of the Divisions I, II, and III NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committees.
Participants will engage in a variety of developmental exercises designed to enhane their communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills and will also participate in collaborative projects and critical thinking. Student-athletes will develop their leadership skills through interactive, hands-on work in small groups, and have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences.
Participating student-athletes will represent all NCAA divisions, a variety of different sports, both genders and different ethnicities.
For more information on the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference or the CHAMPS/Life Skills program, contact Michael Gant or Lori Hendricks at the NCAA National Office at (317) 917-6222.