CMS/NCHSAA Student Leadership Summit

February 2, 2024 | Elevation Church – Lake Norman
“How To Start A Student-Athlete Advisory Council”
Program Packet

During this conference, we will hear from inspirational speakers who have been leaders in their community for many years! Through workshops, networking, and interactive activities with your peers, we will explore the many avenues available and develop a roadmap for a Student-Athlete Advisory Council at your local high school! 

The theme of this meeting is “How to Start a Student-Athlete Advisory Council!“. The objective is to empower and equip our future leaders with the tools they need to Start a Student-Athlete Advisory Council.

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.


Juice and breakfast pastries are provided

8:10 – 8:45 a.m.​

Opening General Session

Speaker: Omari Pearson

8:50 – 9:15 a.m.

Large Group Session

Leaders: CMS/NCHSAA SAAC Members

9:20 – 9:55 a.m.
10:00 – 10:35 a.m.
10:40 – 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Session #1
Breakout Session #2
Breakout Session #3

Follow Breakout Schedule

11:20 – 11:50 a.m.

Leadership Discussion

Speaker: Nate Sully
(Carolina Panthers – Audible)

Noon – 12:20 p.m.

Officiating Session

Speakers: Steven Adams, Jeffery Nance, Perry Robinson

12:20 – 12:35 p.m.

ACE Sports Session

Speaker: Eric Rainey

12:35 – 12:45 p.m.

Handshake America

Speaker: Chad Nugen

12:45 – 1:20 p.m.

Lunch Break

Chick-fil-A box lunch

1:25 – 2:15 p.m.

Student-Athlete Panel Speakers

2:15 – 2:50 p.m.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Speaker: Seth Bennett

2:50 – 3:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Speakers: Ericia Turner

Critical reasons your school needs a
Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC)

Student Voice and Representation: Provides student-athletes with a platform to voice their opinions, concerns, and ideas regarding athletic programs and policies.
Leadership Development: Participation allows student-athletes to develop leadership skills by taking on roles such as president, vice president, secretary, etc… This experience helps them cultivate organizational, communication, and teamwork skills.
Promoting Sportsmanship and Ethics: Actively work towards promoting sportsmanship, fair play, and ethical behavior among student-athletes.
Mental Health and Well-being: Providing a supportive environment, the council can contribute to the overall mental and emotional health of its members.
Building School Spirit: By organizing events, pep rallies, or initiatives that boost school spirit, this contributes to creating a vibrant and supportive atmosphere for all students, not just athletes.