Lake Erie College Athletics announces the hiring of Alexis Richardson as the department's Special Events and Student-Athlete Enhancement Intern. In her ten-month position, funded by a grant through NCAA DII, Richardson will develop and implement the student-athlete enhancement programming for student-athletes from all 17 sports. She will also focus on academic support for student-athletes and a comprehensive plan encompassing campus wide and department resources. Richardson will be a member of the department's leadership team and assist with the Tibbys, Storm Scramble and other signature events within Storm Athletics.
Earlier this spring, Lake Erie Athletics was awarded the NCAA DII Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant to fund this position. The grant is designed to provide financial assistance to Division II conferences and member institutions committed to enhancing ethnic minority and gender representation in intercollegiate athletics. It also promotes the creation of entry-level, administrative positions to encourage access, recruitment, selection and the long-term success of ethnic minorities and women. Richardson was selected after a national search for the position.
Richardson is ready to start her position with the Storm, saying "I feel so honored to be the selected candidate for the Special Events and Student-Athlete Enhancement Intern at Lake Erie College. I think the Ethnic Minorities and Women Internship Grant is an amazing opportunity, not only for myself and the other selected interns, but also for the division. I plan on bringing a new dynamic to LEC's athletic department and really getting our student-athletes engaged in opportunities on and off campus. Our department is on the rise and I'm just excited to be a part of history, being the first recipient for this grant at LEC."
Most recently Richardson served as the Lead Athletic Academic Advisor and Administrative Support Graduate Assistant at California University of Pennsylvania. She assisted student-athletes in their respective plan of degree completion through working closely with them and coaches. She also served as a graduate advisor for Cal U Women United, an organization with the primary goal to uplift and empower women of color, creating The Darla Holley-Holmes Book Scholarship this Spring.
Director of Athletics Kelley Kish shared, "We are thrilled to have Lexi join the Storm Family. Her background has prepared her well for this position and I am most excited by her eagerness and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on our student-athletes, staff and colleagues and faculty across campus. We are fortunate to have someone like Lexi as a member of our department thanks to one of Division II's strategic initiatives around diversity and inclusion."
Lake Erie and Richardson are one of just six institutions or conferences to receive this grant across all of Division II for the 2018-19 academic year.