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Amherst LEADS Concludes '13-'14 Programming
Another exciting and successful year of Amherst LEADS programming has drawn to a close after a final event on Tuesday, April 22, for the First-Year Initiative program and two events on Sunday, April 27, for the Futures and Captains. We had impressive participation in LEADS this year, with over 400 student-athletes enrolled in the FYI, Futures and Captains Programs combined. This year we expanded campus offerings by conducting a multi-day leadership development interterm course open to all students, collaborating with the QRC and Pride Alliance to host an event on allyship with special guest Hudson Taylor, and hosting our first-ever Club Sports leadership development workshop, among several other events.
Our final FYI event was spent reflecting on all of the hard work and growth the student-athletes put into their inaugural year with Amherst LEADS. This event introduced students to the Amherst LEADS Futures Program and explained the curriculum and workshops they can expect should they choose to apply for participation. We were fortunate to be joined by Chris Tamasi ’15 (Football), Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 (Field Hockey), Ben Pollack ’14 (Men’s Basketball), and Rachael Abernethy ’14 (Women’s Soccer), who all shared their experiences in the program and how their personal development has benefited from continued participation in Amherst LEADS. Following the panel discussion, Kristin Igoe, former Boston College lacrosse player and current member of the U.S. National Lacrosse Team, shared some of the personal leadership lessons learned throughout her impressive career.
On Sunday, April 27, student-athletes in the Futures Program congregated for their final event of the year, which was an Amazing Race style event on campus. Student-athletes were randomly assigned teams and released to tackle an assortment of physical, mental and team challenges that put communication, quick thinking and problem solving to the test.
Later that evening Amherst LEADS held its annual Alumni Sendoff for members of the Captains Program. Jérôme de Bontin '81 (former General Manager of New York Red Bulls MLS team), Jamie Zimmerman ’81 (founder and head of New York hedge fund Litespeed Management LLC), and Rob Stevenson ’00 (former member of SEAL Team TWO) spoke to the audience of Captains about the significant impact sports played in their development and how lessons on the field, court and ice rink continue to benefit them in their careers and lives today.