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2024 NCHSAA SAAC STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE : APRIL 26TH, 2024 | RALEIGH, NC

NCHSAA Student Leadership Conference | April 26th, 2024 | Raleigh, NC

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association welcomes each of you to the 2024 Student Leadership Conference (SLC)! This year’s theme: Student-Athlete Identity!! 

Welcome to The North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2024 Student Leadership Conference (SLC)! Where we gather to empower and equip our future leaders with the tools they need to succeed. This year’s theme is “ Student-Athlete Identity,” and it is designed to empower and inspire our student-athletes while highlighting the multifaceted journey of being a student-athlete. 


Engaging Workshops: Interactive sessions led by experienced facilitators will delve into topics such as time management, mental health, academic success and life balance. All tailored to being a student-athlete at the high school level.
Inspiring Speakers: Renowned athletes, coaches, and educators will share their personal stories and insights, offering invaluable perspectives on navigating the complexities of student-athlete life.
Networking Opportunities: Participants will have the chance to connect with peers from across the state, building relationships and support networks that extend beyond their own schools and teams.
Practical Strategies: Attendees will leave equipped with practical tools and strategies to excel both on and off the field, enhancing their overall well-being and success.

Why Attend: By participating in the NCHSAA Student Leadership Conference, student-athletes will:
1) Gain a deeper understanding of their unique identity as student-athletes.
2) Develop essential leadership skills to thrive in academics, athletics and beyond.
3) Forge meaningful connections with fellow student-athletes and mentors.
4) Discover practical strategies for achieving balance, managing time effectively, and prioritizing well-being.

We invite all member schools to encourage their student-athletes to participate in this enriching experience. Together, let’s empower our student-athletes to embrace their identities, cultivate leadership skills, and excel in all facets of their lives.

REMINDER: In lieu of a registration fee, we ask that each participant bring at least two canned goods or non-perishable food items to contribute to a NC Food Bank! 

2024 Student Leadership Conference Final Details can be found HERE: Updated 4/23/24 (Tentative)

Find Parking Information HERE: Updated 4/15/24

2024 Digital Program HERE!!

Conference Schedule (Tentative)

_____Timing_____Event Session
8:00 – 8:30 amCheck In (Continental Breakfast Provided by NCHSAA Outside on Football Concourse)
8:35 – 9:25 amOpening General Session | Speaker: Dereck Whittenburg
9:25 – 9:30 amBreak
9:30 – 10:15 am   Breakout Session #1 – Student Athlete Identity | Breakout Leader: Omari Pearson or Leslie Barnes/Cricket Lane or How to Lead as a Student-Athlete | NCHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Council (Peer to Peer)
10:15 – 10:20 amBreak
10:20 – 11:05 amBreakout Session #2 – Student Athlete Identity | Breakout Leader: Omari Pearson or Leslie Barnes/Cricket Lane or How to Lead as a Student-Athlete | NCHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Council (Peer to Peer)
11:05-11:15 amBreak
11:15 – 12:00 pmBreakout Session #3 – Student Athlete Identity | Breakout Leader: Omari Pearson or Leslie Barnes/Cricket Lane or How to Lead as a Student-Athlete | NCHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Council (Peer to Peer)
12:00 – 12:05 pm Break
12:05 – 12:20 pmLeadership Discussion – How to Lead Student-Athletes | Roundtable Leader: Evan Sauer
12:20 – 1:10 pmLunch and Game Break (Lunch Provided by NCHSAA | Games on Football Concourse)
1:15 – 1:35 pmNCAST
1:35 – 1:55 pmAthletes Forever
1:55 – 2:05pm Break
2:10 – 3:00pm College Student-Athlete Panel | Speakers: Jaiden Thomas, Reagan Stewart, Will English
Host: Coach Richard Howell
School Admin Session: Omari Pearson
3:00 – 3:15pm Break (Individual Questions for College Student-Athlete Panel)
3:20 – 4:15pm Closing General Session |  Speaker: Coach Dave Pyper
4:15 – 4:30pmClosing Remarks | Commissioner Que Tucker
6:00pm NC State Baseball Game