HIGH POINT, N.C. – North Greenville University's Hayley Hester from Women's Volleyball, Barton College's Calvin Hawke, and King University's Amani McFadden have been chosen by Conference Carolinas to attend the 2016 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum held Nov. 10-13 in Baltimore, Md.
The Student-Athlete Leadership Forum is an annual educational opportunity for student-athletes exhibiting leadership and positive influence on campus and within the community. The NCAA created the Leadership Forum in 1997 as an opportunity to provide a platform for student-athletes to network and return to campus with invaluable leadership skills.
Three Conference Carolinas student-athletes along with an administrator from the Conference are selected annually by the Conference office to attend the Leadership Forum. Assistant Commissioner for Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator Sarah Rountree will attend as an administrator.
Hester, a senior from Mount Pleasant, S.C., is a member of the North Greenville women's volleyball team.
Hester also showed gratitude when asked about being selected for the Leadership Forum, "I am very honored to represent Conference Carolinas, North Greenville and our SAAC, and most importantly my team. The opportunity to learn leadership skills from current leaders in college athletics and meet other like-minded individuals is something I cannot wait to partake in. Thank you, Conference Carolinas, for giving me the chance to attend the Leadership Forum."
Hawke, a senior from Wendell, N.C., is a member of the Barton baseball team. He has been quite the student-athlete during his time in Wilson, N.C., being named to the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll six times and second team All-Conference Carolinas during his junior season.
"I cannot wait to use this experience to help the Barton College community succeed in the classroom, on the field and beyond," said Hawke. "I have heard great things about the Leadership Forum, so thank you Conference Carolinas and Barton College for such a unique opportunity."
A sophomore from Richmond, Va., McFadden is a member of the King women's track & field team. Splitting time between sprinting and jumping, McFadden has had an impressive career thus far, winning Conference Carolinas Track Athlete of the Week following her first collegiate meet.
On being able to attend the NCAA Leadership Forum, McFadden said, "I am more than ecstatic to represent Conference Carolinas, King University and my team in the best way possible at the Leadership Forum. I plan on using this opportunity to learn invaluable tools and skills that will be great for my personal growth, as well as helpful in creating a positive culture back on my campus."