12/2 Futures Program-Communication

On Sunday, December 2nd, Amherst LEADS hosted its “Communication” event for the Futures Program in Stirn Auditorium. This event was the final Amherst LEADS event of the semester.

To begin the afternoon, Amherst LEADS welcomed four improvisational comedians from the Improv Asylum, located in Boston, Massachusetts. Initially, the Amherst Futures were broken down into small groups and led through a variety of improv-based communication exercises encouraged to develop the student-athletes’ creativity, critical thinking, and active listening skills in leadership situations. Following these exercises, the student-athletes reconvened in Stirn Auditorium to enjoy a series of sketches performed by the Improv Asylum members.     

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Following the conclusion of the Improv Asylum programming, Amherst LEADS was joined by former Florida State football standout and Rhodes Scholar, Myron Rolle. Rolle, who earned a Master’s Degree in Medical Anthropology at Oxford during the 2009-10 academic year, shared with the Amherst student-athletes his story of balancing being a high-achieving student and successful intercollegiate athlete as well as the decision process behind delaying his NFL career to pursue his academic dreams. Through the lens of his experience with his ‘Our Way to Health’ initiative, an anti-childhood obesity program for Native Americans, Myron also encouraged the Amherst student-athletes to become significant contributors to philanthropic causes through a three-step process of “Identifying, Loading, and Mobilizing.”

The next Amherst LEADS event will be a two-day Interterm course taking place on January 14th and 15th, 2013. For more information or to register please email Amherst LEADS at amherstleads@amherst.edu.