Apr 21, 2015, 3:21 PM EDT
CHARLESTON, S.C. – College of Charleston junior Claire Newman was selected amongst all female student-athletes of the Colonial Athletic Association to represent the CAA at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Orlando, Fla.
Newman, a defender on the CofC women’s soccer team, was afforded a unique opportunity to meet with administrators, policy shapers, coaches, and her fellow student-athletes to develop invaluable leadership skills and thoroughly explore the NCAA as a whole at the four-day event.
Every conference in the NCAA from Division I through Division III sent a male and female representative to the summit, and Newman served as the women’s representative for all 10 CAA member schools.
“Overall, I’m extremely honored to represent all the female athletes in the CAA at such an event,” said Newman. “I am fulfilled coming back to campus with new ideas and motivational techniques, and I am excited to apply them to all my organizations. It was great to meet student-athletes from schools big and small across the country, and I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone fortunate enough to receive such an opportunity.
“The biggest part was meeting the NCAA compliance directors and decision makers, and knowing that we – as student athletes – have a voice and are essential to the decision-making process.”
At the Forum, Newman participated in individual small groups made up of student-athletes and administrators from all NCAA Divisions, and discussed leadership roles and procedures on their respective campuses. Newman, a native of Greensboro, N.C., was also captivated by motivational speakers, who included Paralympic athlete April Holmes and author and educator Dr. Derek Greenfield.
The forum also allowed the participants to expand on the community service initiative collegiate student-athletes embody, as they prepared work books for local students and compiled back packs with supplies for local schools, complete with personalized motivational letters.
“We are so proud of Claire and what she has accomplished both on and off the field for our program,” said CofC head women’s soccer coach Christian Michner. “Being selected to represent the CAA at the NCAA Student Athlete Leadership Forum is quite an honor, and I know that she enjoyed her experience meeting with other leaders from around the country.”
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