Amherst LEADS Hosts "Ready to Role" Night

On Tuesday, October 23rd, Amherst LEADS hosted its “Ready to Role” night for its First-Year Initiative (FYI) Program. Throughout the course of the evening, Amherst First-Year student-athletes were encouraged to think about the importance of the various roles that exist on all intercollegiate athletic teams and how every individual can play an integral part in a team’s success.

The programming for the evening began in O’Connor Commons, where the First-Years were divided into multiple groups featuring members from all of Amherst’s 27 intercollegiate athletics programs. Within these groups, the Amherst student-athletes were given the task of building the tallest object with the available assortment of items. In an additional twist, the participants were also asked to take on various roles throughout the course of the activity in order for their team to realize success.  

Rex Hudler

Following the group activity, the student-athletes reconvened in Stirn Auditorium, where they were joined by former Major League Baseball player Rex Hudler. Hudler, who currently serves as the color commentator for the Kansas City Royals, spoke to the Amherst student-athletes about understanding, accepting, and making the most out of the roles one is assigned on a team. Hudler, who most notably played 10 years in the major leagues and 10 years in the minor leagues while seeing time at every position except for pitcher and catcher, shared his message in an enthusiastic, engaging, and humorous manner.

The next Amherst LEADS event is the Captains Program event “Leadership Observed” slated for November 12th.