WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Lake Erie College athletic department had the privilege to attend the NCAA Leadership Academy, and the Student-Athlete Leadership Forum. The event spanned from Sunday, November 12th through Sunday, November 19th.
The NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum engages a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators. Student-athletes selected to attend the forum return to campus with invaluable leadership skills, the experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles, and a thorough understanding of the NCAA as a whole.
Director of Sport Operations Ryan Scanlan and SAAC President Alecia Dipre represented Lake Erie in Washington D.C. for the event. Scanlan said, ""It was an extreme honor to be selected for the Leadership Academy and it was a great experience to attend the Leadership Academy Workshop 1, where I was able to take away a vast amount of knowledge back to my campus. I will be able to use it to enhance the student-athlete experience and continue to mold student-athletes into champions in the classroom, on the fields/courts, and in the community".
Dipre added, "I can truthfully say those four days in DC changed me. The information I learned about leadership and myself is going to stick with me beyond my days at Lake Erie. I learned the importance of keeping an open mind, knowing how to lead with my strengths and reach out to people who make up for my weaknesses. I thank Lake Erie for giving me this chance to attend, the NCAA for providing this chance, and all the other participants for sharing their experiences with me"!
Lake Erie's Director of Athletics Kelley Kish concluded "Lake Erie was honored to have Ryan and Ally selected to attend the NCAA Leadership Forum in DC. This national event really highlights the work the NCAA staff does in developing leaders among student-athletes and administrators. The growth and knowledge they both experienced will impact them personally plus our department and campus moving forward".