By Travis Misner
NCAA Guest Blogger
The theme for today’s workshops was University Sport: a Fertile Ground for Leadership Development. I was given the unique opportunity to present on my experiences with leadership and intercollegiate athletics to the entire conference.
I talked about the roles that are available throughout university sport in the United States, and how we are unique compared to most countries because of the sheer size and emphasis we put on collegiate athletics.
In the last couple of days Andrea and I have really been able to mingle with people from the other countries. We’ve made great friends with students and advisors from Australia, Great Britain, Spain, and Italy to name a few.
Today when we had a little free time after all of the meetings, Andrea and I were invited out to play cricket with some of the other members of FISU. I have minimal experience in cricket but thought I could probably hold my own with my baseball experience, but I was wrong.
The cricket we played in one of my physical education classes was a little different, and needless to say I received a lot of grief from everyone because they expected more out of the Americans.
Coming into this I knew I would meet people, but I really believe that I have made lifelong friends through this week alone. I also now have connections all over the world in case I ever decide to travel abroad again.