CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) held the annual Student Leadership Conference this past weekend in Chapel Hill. There were 19 member schools represented with 85 student participants as well as 19 member school Athletic Directors, Administrators or Coaches.
The goals of the annual, one-day event are to:
- Further develop student’s understanding of positive leadership.
- Gain the knowledge and skills to effectively lead their peers.
- Acquire a general understanding of the importance of community service, positive values, sportsmanship, healthy lifestyles and self-evaluation.
- And to help students feel empowered to serve as advocates for their school, community and state.
This year’s conference had three break-out sessions that helped student-athletes think about topics related to leadership. Mr. Jeremy Boone, the owner of Athlete by Design led students through a session on “The Language of a Leader That Others Want to Follow”. Mr. Omari Pearson, the Founder and President of Passion to Purpose, Inc. discussed “Mind Mapping: Goal Setting in the 21stCentury” to help students take the first step in reaching goals. The final session featured a panel discussion with three collegiate athletes about the best ways to transition from being a high school student-athlete to be a college student.
This year’s conference was attended by student-athletes and administrators from Alexander Central, Cape Fear, Clover Garden, Franklinton, Jack Britt, Jordan, Lake Norman, Lincoln Charter, Neuse Charter, North Pitt, North Wilkes, Northwood, River Mill Academy, South Brunswick, South Lenoir, South Rowan, Union Pines and Woods Charter.
For more information about next year’s conference, reach out to Chiquana Dancy, Director of Student Programs and Sports with the NCHSAA.