HIGH POINT, N.C. – Conference Carolinas had five conference representatives, three student-athletes, one administrator and one facilitator, attend the 2016 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Baltimore, Md. last weekend. The event was compiled of over 300 student-athletes, administrators and coaches from across all three NCAA divisions.
These are the stories from Conference Carolinas participants in their own words. Here is what North Greenville University women’s volleyball student-athlete Haley Hester took away from her time at the Leadership Forum.
How would you describe your experience at the Student-Athlete Leadership Forum?
My experience at the Leadership Forum was awesome. I enjoyed the layout of the weekend, and how interactive the forum was. Learning that this group was made of 300 leaders within the NCAA from every division and conference. The diversity of the group was what made my experience so enjoyable.
What would you say was the funniest part of the weekend?
The funniest part of the weekend was meeting this really nice police officer, which was able to give us a tour of the Baltimore Aquarium after hours.
Who would you say was the coolest person you met at the forum?
Maddie Rollins, a women’s lacrosse player from Longwood University in Farmville, Va. We were on the flight to Baltimore together and we were able to connect right away and became lifelong friends.
What did you learn about yourself while at the forum?
I learned a lot about myself over the weekend, but something that really impacted me was being okay with having weaknesses. As a leader, you can use your strengthens to impact others while making your weaknesses stronger.
What did you learn about the individuals from other NCAA divisions at the forum?
Getting to interact with other NCAA Divisions in my color group was one of my favorite parts about the weekend in whole. It was interesting to see all the divisions (I, II, and III) have a lot of similarities.
What will you take back from the forum and implement into your athletic department and/or campus community?
I am taking back all the leadership qualities with me. Also, I am going to try to get a Team Impact child for NGU. Seeing the video of how much these children love being impacted by a team that loves on them and let’s them be a part of their team really made an impact on me.
What are some reasons you would recommend attending the Leadership Forum to others?
Some reasons others should attend the Leadership Forum are learning how to be a leader from the NCAA and how to use your strengthens in leadership for your team, your campus, and your community. Also, it is a once in a lifetime experience to meet athletes, coaches, and administrators from all over the country in all NCAA divisions.
What are your final thoughts on the Leadership Forum?
I really loved this experience that the conference gave me. I think everyone should try to go once in his or her collegiate career, this will be something I talk about for awhile. Thank you to the conference and my university for allowing me to represent us this year.