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Student-Athlete Leadership Forum

Key dates

  • Jan. 6, 2020: Application opens (8 a.m. Eastern time)
  • Feb. 17, 2020: Application closes (Noon Eastern time)
  • April 16-19, 2020: Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Los Angeles, CA. 

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, and a thorough understanding of the NCAA as a whole, the different divisional perspectives and the valuable role of Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC).

The Leadership Forum, created in 1997, has been a life-changing experience for more than 5,000 student-athletes, many who have grown personally and professionally, gained a new network of peers and friends, as well as felt the rewards and importance of community service.

In 2002, the NCAA began divisional regionally based leadership conferences for Division I, II and III student-athletes, coaches and administrators. Division I, II and III student-athletes, coaches and administrators met regionally to discuss issues and information impacting the student-athlete experience. In the fall of 2010, the NCAA consolidated Leadership Forum participants from Divisions I, II and III into a single forum at one site on the same weekend.

Currently, each Division I and Division II conference office selects student-athletes from among their active member schools and an administrator from the conference office, to represent their conference at the forum. For Division III, the forum is open to all institutions in an identified region based on a first-come, first-served basis in the eligible region. Each eligible institution can send up to two student-athletes and one administrator. For Division III in 2019-20, schools in Region 4 are eligible to attend.

Click here for a list of Division III schools eligible to attend the 2019-20 program.

Attendance at the forum is at no cost to the participants, institutions or conference offices – the NCAA pays for airfare or mileage, shuttle transportation, lodging and meals; however, rental car fees are not reimbursed.

The 2019-20 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum will take place from April 16-19 in Los Angeles.


The Student-Athlete Leadership Forum is a unique educational opportunity that requires diversity and inclusion. Consideration for selecting Leadership Forum participants should be given to student-athletes with a diverse representation of experiences and those that have a positive influence on campus and within the community. 

Click here for detailed criteria for eligible participants.


Beginning Jan. 6, 2020, NCAA Division I conference offices, Division II conference offices and Division III institutions in Region 3 may submit nominations via the “Nominator” tab in NCAA Program Hub by entering the first name, last name and email address of their nominees.


The NCAA will begin accepting applications from Division I, II, and III athletic administrators on Sept. 23, 2019 at 8 a.m. Eastern time to serve as facilitators for the 2020 Student-Athlete Leadership Forum (SALF). Facilitators will work closely with participants to provide an engaging and valuable experience by leading assigned teams in open dialogue about a wide variety of topics to instill and emphasize themes of personal leadership development. Facilitators at SALF play an integral role in the participant experience, and are provided an impactful opportunity to grow as engaging leaders and professionals themselves through their participation. The application to become a 2020 SALF facilitator will be available via NCAA Program Hub on Sept. 23. The deadline to submit a facilitator application is Nov. 4, 2019 at 5 p.m. Eastern time. Chosen facilitators will be notified by mid-December of their acceptance.

In order to be eligible to serve as a facilitator at SALF, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Facilitators must have participated in the NCAA Effective Facilitation Workshop
  • Facilitators must be currently employed at an NCAA member institution

Contact us

For more information about the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum, please contact the department via email at

The NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum is an opportunity for college athletes, coaches and administrators to collectively learn about themselves and grow as the next generation of leaders.