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May 22, 2000

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -University of Virginia student-athletes KofiBawuah(Woodbridge, Va., football) and Telisha Quarles (Louisa, Va.,basketball)are among 353 student-athletes selected to participate in the fourthannualNCAA Foundation Leadership Conference.

The student-athletes were selected from a total of 885nominationsfrom NCAA member institutions that participate in the CHAMPS/Life SkillsProgram. The conference is scheduled for May 28 through June 1 atDisney’sWide World of Sports and Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista,Fla.

The mission of the NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference is toprovide a diverse group of the nation’s top student-athletes anopportunityto actively participate in challenging and thought-provoking activitiesthat will enable them to become better leaders on their campuses and intheir communities. As a result of participation, the student-athleteswillenhance their communication skills, decision-making and problem-solvingskills, critical-thinking skills, and collaborative skills. Theconferencealso promotes better communications among student-athletes, coaches,administrators, faculty and communities.

The 2000 NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference will focus ontopicsidentified during the nomination process as well as topics recommendedbymembers of the Division I, II and III NCAA Student-Athlete AdvisoryCommittees who serve as an Association-wide voice for student-athleteissues. Topics for past conferences have included developing leadershipskills, changing perception, developing political skills and utilizingthestudent-athlete committee.

More than 1,000 student-athletes have taken part in the NCAAFoundation Leadership experience. The student-athletes chosen toparticipate represent all NCAA divisions, 22 different sports and morethan20 countries.

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