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May 5, 2004

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INDIANAPOLIS - University of Colorado men's basketball student-athlete Antoine McGee is one of 321 NCAA student-athletes who have been tabbed as current or future leaders on their college campuses will meet May 30-June 3 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

           There the future leaders will discuss key issues in intercollegiate athletics and to enhance their leadership skills when they participate in the NCAA Leadership Conference.

McGee, a junior-to-be in the fall of 2004, is a two-year lettermen on the CU basketball team majoring in business. The Moreno Valley, Calif. native has started 40 of his 61 career games at the point-guard position averaging 2.2 points and 2.4 assists per game. During his two years, McGee has helped the Buffaloes to an NCAA and NIT berth, win 38 victories with a .623 winning percentage.

Colorado is one of seven Big 12 schools that have one NCAA representative. CU joins Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, and Texas Tech.

The 2004 NCAA Leadership Conference is designed to enhance student-athletes' leadership and communication skills and to enable them to become more effective leaders and motivators when they return to their campuses. The convention setting provides the student-athletes with an opportunity to create dialogue surrounding topics that affect them on campus and in their communities. The conference also provides them with exercises to enhance their decision-making and problem-solving skills, and improve planning and priority management.

The student-athlete leaders were selected from a total of 1,201 nomination forms that were submitted by college and university officials who have NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills programs at their schools. They represent Divisions I, II and III, and fall, winter and spring sports, including soccer, tennis, basketball, cross country/track, lacrosse, field hockey, wrestling, swimming, football, volleyball, bowling, softball, ice hockey, golf, baseball, gymnastics, rowing, diving, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and equestrian. There also will be five students from abroad attending the leadership conference who will participate in the discussions and skills enhancement sessions with the NCAA student-athletes.

During the conference, student-athletes will discuss a variety of topics that are relative to their life as student-athletes on campus and beyond. They will also discuss issues that are division-specific and consider possible solutions to the issues. A total of 52 coaches, athletics administrators and program facilitators will join the student-athletes at the conference. In addition, members representing the national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) also will participate in the discussion sessions and group activities. SAAC provides feedback to NCAA committees and councils regarding student well-being issues and is considered the "voice" of the student-athlete within the NCAA governance structure.

Following the leadership conference, the student-athletes will be asked to share their experiences and topic discussions with their campus SAAC, as well as other campus leaders. The participants are also asked to develop a self-directed project that will address an issue on their campus or in their community and implement the project once they return to their schools.

Selection criteria for the conference include the student-athletes' demonstrated ability and strong desire to be a leader and the student-athletes' potential to benefit significantly from a leadership development experience. In order to be eligible for the conference, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing, and must have athletics eligibility remaining in the following academic year. A committee comprised of CHAMPS/Life Skills coordinators from member institutions and former NCAA student-athletes review the nominations to determine the final selections. The committee also works to ensure that the conference includes a diverse group of student-athletes, coaches and administrators.