Leadership Forum

Student-athletes prepare for 2019 leadership forum

A total of 220 student-athletes representing a broad array of NCAA-sponsored athletics and possessing an immense range of experiences and perspectives will meet Thursday, April 11, through Sunday, April 14, in Orlando, Florida, for the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum. The leadership forum represents a collaboration between the leadership development and Division I, II and III governance groups at the NCAA national office.

Athletes, administrators prepare for leadership forum

More than 285 college athletes are meeting in Baltimore for the latest edition of the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum.

Annual forum helps students reach potential

William Isabell, a Central State football player and history major, was among nearly 300 NCAA student-athletes at the Leadership Forum. Athletics administrators at schools and conference offices nominated the young leaders, with representation from all three NCAA divisions.

College athletes, administrators prepare for forum

More than 200 student-athletes representing all sports and various campus academic departments are meeting in Phoenix this week for the annual NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum.

Follow the Leaders: Sean McCarthy, Villanova

Sean McCarthy is the compliance and student services intern at Villanova University. McCarthy graduated from Marquette University School of Law in the spring after obtaining a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Follow the Leaders: Becca Yost, Frostburg State

Becca Yost is in her first year as a graduate assistant coach with the Frostburg State University men’s and women’s swimming teams in Maryland. Yost graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the spring with a bachelor’s degree in business management and entrepreneurship and was the operations intern at Virginia Amateur Sports.

Follow the leaders: Ian Good, DePauw wide receiver

Ian Good, wide receiver on the Division III DePauw University football team, was selected to participate in the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum after being nominated by DePauw head football coach Bill Lynch.

Leadership forum challenges athletes to grow personally and professionally

When 300 NCAA college athletes and 50 administrators gather in one room, working together to grow as leaders and individuals, one weekend can cultivate something astounding.

NCAA hosts over 200 student-athletes at leadership forum in Orlando

More than 200 NCAA student-athletes representing all sports and various campus academic departments are meeting in Orlando this week for the annual NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum. The conference will be held April 9-12.

Student-Athlete Leadership Forum FAQs

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.

When and where is the 2019-20 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum?

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

Who can attend the 2019-20 Leadership Forum?

Click here to review the registration criteria (PDF). Division I and Division II conference offices will select student-athlete representatives that will attend Leadership Forum. For Division III, schools in Region 4 are eligible to attend. Click here for a list of Division III schools eligible to attend the forum.

What is the cost for student-athletes to attend?

Attendance at the Leadership 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.  

How will participants travel to the Leadership Forum?

Participants located within approximately 300 miles of the Leadership Forum site (Orlando, FL) are required to travel via ground transportation unless the national office grants an exception. However, the NCAA will reimburse the institution for mileage at $0.53 per mile. Air transportation will be provided for participants traveling more than 300 miles to the Leadership Forum site.

How are flight arrangements handled?

Participants more than 300 miles to the Leadership Forum site must schedule flight arrangements through the NCAA national office. Flight expenses are billed directly to the NCAA. 

Will institutions need to arrange hotel reservations?

No. Rooms will be reserved for participants, with check-in on Wednesday and checkout on Monday morning, with room and tax billed directly to the NCAA. Do not contact the hotel directly to make arrangements.

Are meals provided during the Leadership Forum?

Yes, all meals during the Leadership Forum will be provided.

When is the registration deadline?

The deadline to register is noon Eastern on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.

Should student-athletes selected have athletics eligibility remaining?

Student-athlete participants must have eligibility and be participating in a NCAA-sponsored sport during the 2019-20 academic year.

Can student-athletes attend the Leadership Forum without a coach or administrator?

Yes. A coach, administrator or faculty member is not required to attend with their institution's two student-athletes. For the attending coach, administrator or faculty member, the Leadership Forum is a professional development opportunity that enhances leadership skills and contributes to their role on campus.

For selected participants, is there a requirement to attend the entire Leadership Forum?

Yes. All participants, including coaches, administrators and faculty, are required to attend and participate in all Leadership Forum activities.

I work or attend an all-female, or all-male, NCAA institution.  Can we still select two student-athletes? 

Yes. A single-gender institution may select two student-athletes (of the same gender); institutions are strongly encouraged to select at least one participant who is a person of color or international representative. Each student-athlete must represent a different NCAA-sponsored sport.

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