April 20, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming junior football student-athlete Michael Medina has been chosen by the NCAA to participate in this year's NCAA National Leadership Conference. Medina is one of 330 individuals selected to participate out of an approximate 1,300 nominees from NCAA member institutions around the country. The conference will be held May 27-31, 2007, in Orlando, Fla.
Medina is currently completing his junior year at UW. He is majoring in marketing. He earned Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors both his sophomore and junior years.
"It's a great honor to be selected and to have the opportunity to represent the University of Wyoming," said Medina. "I'm excited to have the chance to meet with other student-athletes from all different areas of the country and from all different backgrounds. To be able to talk with them about their experiences in college and to share with them ideas is something I am very much looking forward to.
"I hope I can bring back many of those ideas and communicate what I learn to my fellow students here at UW."
A native of Lakewood, Colo., Medina attended Bear Creek High School. He will be entering his second season as a starting cornerback for the Wyoming Cowboys when the 2007 season kicks off in September. He has earned three varsity letters at UW.
"How proud we are to have one of our team members chosen for such a distinguished honor," said UW head football coach Joe Glenn. "Mike is very deserving. He is a real leader on our team and on our campus. I know he will make a very significant contribution to the NCAA conference."
The NCAA National Leadership Conference provides NCAA student-athletes with a forum to openly discuss issues that may affect them on their campuses and in their communities, while also providing them with the opportunity to enhance their leadership, communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills. The leadership conference also promotes better communication among student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and communities. The five-day conference consists of daily exercises and activities to help the student-athletes develop as individuals and as contributing members to a group.
The conference is an outreach of the successful CHAMPS/Life Skills Program, designed to provide student-athletes with the tools they need to succeed in life.
Upon completion of the leadership conference, participants are encouraged to share their experiences with their campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC), as well as with their fellow student-athletes and other groups on campus. The participating student-athletes are also requested to help design an action plan to deal with an issue on their own campus or in their own community, and to actively help implement that plan.