Rock Hill, S.C. - Brevard College’s Candice Fritz and Jacob Richardson were a part of the Inaugural South Atlantic Conference Leadership Conference, held on July 29-31 in Black Mountain, N.C., as the SAC took part in its commitment to student-athlete development.
In total, 21 SAC student-athletes took part in the event, spanning nine of the league’s 10 member institutions.
The Conference focused on developing leadership skills and challenged participants to be role models for their teammates, on campus, and in the community.
"I thought the leadership weekend was full of great learning experiences and fun," commented Fritz. "The leaders were thoughtful and made it clear that they cared for us as individuals and about our futures. They were educated and inspiring, each one filled with passion and a love for life. The weekend was a great learning experience, and I plan to take a lot of what I learned back to Brevard College this fall!"
Headlining the event were five keynote presenters: author and motivational speaker Beverly Benfield, Musco Lighting’s Mike Limpach and Dina Neely, Coastal Carolina University Director of Campus Recreation Jody Davis, and SAC Commissioner Patrick Britz. Together they covered topics such as leadership development, post-college preparation, personal accountability and team building.
Big South Conference Associate Commissioner Dawn Turner was also integral to the planning and operation of the event.
"The event exceeded my expectations," Britz said. "I’m confident that the student-athletes felt the weekend was both enjoyable and an excellent learning experience.
"As the SAC continues to invest in student-athlete leadership development, I look forward making the event even better in 2012 and beyond."
The Leadership Conference also mixed in some fun, as participants took part in multiple team-building activities, including a ropes course and pool competitions.
"It was truly an inspiring weekend with SAC student-athlete leaders," said Benfield. "Throughout the weekend, the displays of teamwork, trust, integrity and character were amazing to witness.
"I am encouraged and extremely grateful to have been a part of this growth experience with such an outstanding group of student-athlete leaders."