A highly motivated and energetic group of student-athletes from across the state left Tuesday's 2nd annual MPSSAA Student-Athlete Leadership Conference at New Town High School with renewed focus and postive momentum to become leaders in their schools and communities. (updated 8/10/11)
The MPSSAA wishes to thank the Allstate Foundation for the funding provided to make the Leadership Conference a reality. Allstate's support of this endeavor is paramount to its' success and we appreciate their interest in partnering with us to make a difference in the lives of our students and programs.
Sports psychologist Greg Dale from Duke University kick-started the day by providing a blueprint of skills and strategies for each student-athlete to attain and maintain the proper mindset in order to enhance their abilities on and off of the playing field. Small group breakout sessions followed with "Team Building", a "Captain's Course", and a "Good Decisions and Perspective" workshop session facilitated by athletic directors and coaches from across the state. Magician Stephen Bargatze returned this year to conduct several sessions where he combines his tricks and comedy to help deliver a more serious message about acceptance of others, respecting yourself and others, and the negative impact of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. Another integral breakout session of utmost importance was the Allstate Insurance "Teen Safe Driving" which included an opportunity for each student-athlete to make a pledge not to text while driving. Greg Dale also conducted several breakout sessions where students had to debate various statements which tested their core values and beliefs as well as their personal definitions of leadership.
The day ended with students participating in an Action Planning session by school system or district in order to brainstorm ideas and begin to outline a plan for creation, implementation, and evaluation at the school, school system, or district level. Many thanks to our hosts at New Town HS and the many volunteers who assisted with the multitude of tasks which made for a smooth running and orderly event. We look forward to next year's conference and hope to "set the bar" even higher!