Henderson Represents Mountain West at NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum

April 14, 2015


Wyoming Volleyball's Kayla Henderson participated in the 2015 NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum, April 9-12, in Orlando, Fla. Henderson was one of two individuals to represent the Mountain West Conference at the Forum. She was originally nominated by the Athletics Scholarship and Awards Committee and Associate Athletics Director/SWA Julie Manning.

The NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum engages a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators. Student-athletes selected to attend Leadership Forum return to campus with invaluable leadership skills, the experience of exploring the relationship between personal values, core beliefs and behavioral styles, and a thorough understanding of the NCAA as a whole, the different divisional perspectives and the valuable role of Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC).

An outside hitter from Marietta, Ga, Henderson is a two-time letterwinner for the Cowgirls. This past season, she played in all 31 matches including 20 starts while helping Wyoming to a 23-8 overall record and a 12-6 mark in MW play. Henderson averaged 1.92 kills and 2.32 points per set, while hitting .219 (219-97-557).

As a junior, she carries a 3.12 gpa in accounting and is a two-time Academic All-Mountain West selection. She has also been an active participant in SAAC over the past two years and served on numerous committees. She has been instrumental in compiling and advocating for others to become involved in community service and with her help SAAC has accumulated over 4,250 community service hours this past year.

"I am happy Kayla has earned this opportunity," head coach Chad Callihan said. "It is a chance for her to learn and work with some great people. She is a wonderful ambassador for Wyoming and the Mountain West."

The Leadership Forum, created in 1997, has been a life-changing experience for nearly 5,000 student-athletes, many who have grown personally and professionally, gained a new network of peers and friends, as well as felt the rewards and importance of community service.

In 2002, the NCAA began divisional regionally based leadership conferences for Division I, II and III student-athletes, coaches and administrators. Division I, II and III student-athletes, coaches and administrators met regionally to discuss issues and information impacting the student-athlete experience. In the fall of 2010, the NCAA consolidated Leadership Forum participants from Divisions I, II and III into a single forum at one site on the same weekend.