As a part of its continued commitment to student-athlete development, the South Atlantic Conference held the inaugural SAC Student-Athlete Leadership Conference in July, 2011.
The SAC builds the Leadership Conference's programming to focus on developing leadership skills and challenging participants to be role models for their teammates, on campus and in the community. It also includes activities such as a ropes course and scavenger hunt.
Over the past three years, more than 60 student-athletes have participated in the Leadership Conference, spanning each of the league’s 12 member institutions.
The Leadership Conference features keynote speakers discussing a variety of topics, including:
- Leadership development
- Post-college preparation
- Personal accountability
- Team building
- Personal branding
SAC Student-Athlete Leadership Conference testimonials:
“The SAC Leadership Conference was great. Every activity kept people engaged. It also taught us how to trust people that we didn't previously know, which will be valuable as we welcome new teammates. All of the games that we played had some way of relating to being or becoming a leader. I really learned a lot, and I would recommend it to many other athletes in the SAC. It was a great opportunity to not only learn how to become a great leader in sports, but also in life.”
- Erica Warren, Mars Hill women’s basketball student-athlete
“I believe the Leadership conference was a total success. It gave us the opportunity to work together instead of being rivals on the field. It was amazing to see how fast we all came together as a group. It was a rewarding experience that will last forever.”
- Clay Yarbrough, Catawba men's cross country student-athlete
“I learned so much from the team-building and leadership skill builders. The most important thing I learned was that leadership is more than just telling others what needs to be done and being the "go-to" person. Leadership thrives on dedication to your goals, passion, and living with integrity.”
- Amber Chase, Newberry women's soccer student-athlete