Head Swimming and Diving Coach Jay Daniels and two Kalamazoo College student-athletes represented K at the 2019 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum (SALF) in Orlando, Florida in April.
The goal of the SALF is to engage a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty, and administrators. This year's forum had attendees selected from each Division I and Division II conference office and Division III members from Region 3.
Aidan Hurley '21 and Kaytlyn Tidey '22 were the two student-athletes from Kalamazoo selected to attend the conference. The SALF is designed to have student-athletes return to campus with invaluable leadership skills, the experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles.
The forum is designed to teach members how important of a role Student-Athlete Advisory Committees are. Kalamazoo's committee is called the Athletic Leadership Council (ALC) and is comprised of upperclass student-athletes. The ALC has brought events such as Special Olympics, Green Dot Games, "Why We Play", and D3Week to the forefront on campus.
The ALC's Mission Statement says, "The mission of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare, and fostering a positive student-athlete image, as well as create connections between student-athletes and the greater college community."
The SALF forum was created in 1997 and has brought more than 5,000 student-athlete participants. Many of the attendees return with a feeling of self-growth, a new network of peers and friends, and acquire an appreciation for the importance of community service.
After returning to K from the SALF, Coach Daniels stated, "I feel as though I have grown personally and professionally and gained a new network of colleagues through the experience. I enjoyed all aspects of the forum. The areas that stood out to me were the development of leadership skills, identification of personal beliefs and self-reflection. The key note speakers they had for the event were equal parts entertaining and inspirational."
Refer to the NCAA's website for more information on the 2019 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum.