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Newlands To Attend NCAA Leadership Conference

May 20, 2005

            BOULDER - The NCAA announced this week that University of Colorado thrower Carly Newlands has been selected as one of 324 NCAA student-athletes to attend the ninth annual NCAA Leadership Conference, May 29-June 2 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.


            CU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president was selected by CU's NCAA Leadership Conference selection committee from a campus pool that included James Begley (track and field), Mark Fenton (football) and Kristin Taylor (skiing).  Newlands will leave directly from the NCAA Midwest Track and Field Regionals being held May 27-28 in Norman, Okla., where she will be competing in the shot put.


            A year ago, men's basketball player Antoine McGee represented the Boulder campus.

The 2005 NCAA Leadership Conference provides student-athletes with a forum to openly discuss issues that may affect them on their campuses and in their communities, while also providing them with the opportunity to enhance their leadership, communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills. The NCAA Leadership Conference also promotes better communication among student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and communities. The five-day leadership conference consists of daily exercises and activities to help the student-athletes develop as individuals and as contributing members to a group.

            During the conference, student-athletes will discuss a variety of topics such as sportsmanship; public perceptions of student-athletes; conflict resolution; student-athlete mental health; and social responsibilities. They also will discuss division-specific issues and create dialogue surrounding possible solutions to those particular issues.

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 have athletics eligibility remaining in the following academic year. A committee reviews 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.           


            The 324 student-athlete leaders were selected from a total of 1,166 nomination forms submitted by college and university officials who have NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills programs on their campuses. They represent Divisions I, II and III, and fall, winter and spring sports. Additionally, the NCAA student-athletes participating in this year's leadership conference represent 16 countries, including the United States.