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May 31, 2001

CHARLOTTESVILLE – University of Virginia swimmer Caitlin Anderson of Charlottesville (St. Anne’s-Belfield) is among 300 student-athletes participating in the fifth annual NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference. The conference began on Monday (May 28) and continues through Friday (June 1) at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex and the Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The student-athletes participating in the conference were selected from a total of 1,084 nominations from NCAA member institutions that participate in the NCAA’s CHAMPS/Life Skills Program. Criteria for selection to the leadership conference include the student-athletes’ demonstrated ability and strong desire to be a leader, and potential to benefit significantly from a leadership-development experience. In order to be eligible, applicants must be in good academic standing and must have athletics eligibility remaining in the following academic year.

The conference features challenging and thought-provoking activities that will enable the student-athletes to become change agents at their schools and in their communities. The student-athletes participate in daily group discussions about critical issues and join in team-building exercises and leadership development games.

As a result of participation, the student-athletes will enhance their decision-making and problem-solving skills, critical-thinking skills, collaborative skills, and improve planning and priority management. The leadership conference also promotes better communication and understanding among student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and communities. Following the conference, the student-athletes will be asked to share their experiences and topic discussions with their campus student-athlete advisory committee as well as other campus leaders.

The NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference is one of the largest non-competitive gatherings of student-athletes representing NCAA Divisions I, II and III. A total of 22 intercollegiate sports are represented at the leadership conference.

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