LEICESTER, Mass- On Sunday, March 4th, 20 student-athletes participated in LEAP (Leaders of Excellence and Athletic Pride. LEAP is a leadership program designed for sophomore student-athletes for whom their coaches or athletic administrators nominated because they believe they can be future leaders on their teams.
They covered topics including challenges of being a leader, leadership styles, core values, social media and personal branding. This group did an outstanding job. "Their conversations proved to me that our teams will continue to have strong leaders in the upcoming years," said Assistant Athletic Director Andrea Belis. "They had discussions about the challenges they will face and helped each other figure out how to handle them. This continues to be my favorite program every year and it is because of our outstanding student-athletes," added Belis.
Student-athletes who participated in LEAP.
Samantha Buzgo- Softball
Samantha Carter- Field Hockey and Women's Lacrosse
Sofia Cullina- Volleyball
Courtney Furlong- Equestrian
Alex Kielczewski- Men's Ice Hockey and Tennis
Layne Koeppel- Equestrian
Grant Martens- Men's Ice Hockey
Kelsey Maynard- Women's Basketball
Ben Mazzone- Baseball
Mike McMahon- Baseball
Trey McMillen- Men's Ice Hockey and Lacrosse
Cassondra Messier- Softball
Cassandra Nelson- Women's Soccer, Basketball and Lacrosse
Lauren Niemann- Field Hockey and Softball
Rob Pellerin- Football
Christian Perkins- Football
Austin Siering- Men's Ice Hockey
Valerie Slimsky- Equestrian
Micaela Rice- Volleyball
Sarah Ware- Women's Basketball