Amherst LEADS Hosts Two Events

Amherst LEADS recently hosted two events on Monday, November 12th and Tuesday, November 13th. These events were for the Captains Program and FYI Program, respectively.


On Monday, November 12th, Amherst LEADS hosted the event “Leadership Observed” for the Captains Program. Joining the Captains in O’Connor Commons were the guests for the evening, Chet Harding ’92, a co-founder of the Improv Asylum in Boston, and Jack McCallum, a contributor and columnist for Sports Illustrated for close to 30 years. Harding led off the night in a fun and engaging manner, taking the Amherst Captains through a variety of Improv-based exercises that were designed to get them thinking creatively and communicating effectively. Following Harding, Jack McCallum made a presentation to the group, discussing at length the qualities and characteristics of the most effective leaders he had covered throughout his career as a sportswriter. McCallum, who has primarily covered the National Basketball Association over the course of his career, discussed the leadership styles of players such as Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan through the lens of his recently released book, Dream Team.


The following night, Tuesday, November 13th, Amherst LEADS welcomed all First-Year student-athletes to Alumni Gymnasium for a program entitled “Changing What’s Cool”. The event was designed to empower First-Years as individuals to positively affect the Amherst community over the course of the next three and a half years. The theme for the night was introduced by Men’s Soccer coach Justin Serpone, who asked the student-athletes to think of one thing they will do and one thing they will not do in order to cultivate a positive culture throughout campus. Following this, the First-Years were asked to write their answers down on a banner and engage in small discussions with some of Amherst’s Captains. Finally, diversity and inclusion speaker Jamie Utt provided the keynote for the evening, sharing the stories of how others had positively shaped their world through athletics and encouraging the Amherst student-athletes to find innovative ways to combine passions.  

The next Amherst LEADS event will be with the Futures Program on December 2nd.