ORLANDO, Fla. - The spring 2019 semester saw its first student-athlete attend the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum from Virginia Military Institute. This year, sophomore Alden Parham (Men’s Basketball) got the chance to attend as a representing member of the Southern Conference.
Parham was chosen among athletes within the Southern Conference to attend. He, along with women’s soccer player Hannah Bradley from ETSU, attended the three-day conference in Orlando.
The conference provided a time for Parham to build relationships across the NCAA for which he will carry on throughout his tenure here at VMI. The conference also allowed him to meet administrators and coaches from which he could learn more from as a student-athlete.
The NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum engages a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators. Student-athletes selected to attend the forum return to campus with invaluable leadership skills, the experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles, a thorough understanding of the NCAA as a whole, the different divisional perspectives and the valuable role of Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC).
“What I learned from the conference was amazing leadership skills to take back to my community, basketball team, SAAC, and school to impact lives and make a difference,” Parham said. “The conference gave me an idea of how powerful one can be in an environment and we have a platform here to do that. I learned a lot about myself and my leadership qualities, my weaknesses and strengths.”
The NCAA hosts the Student-Athlete Leadership Forum each semester and schools are eligible to submit recommendations to their conferences for consideration.