RICHMOND, Va. (November 9, 2011) – The College of William and Mary played host to the Colonial Athletic Association’s SAAC Leadership Summit on November 6 & 7. The CAA SAAC is a committee comprised of two student-athletes from each of the CAA’s 12 member institutions, and assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The CAA SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives. The theme for this year’s summit was “Discover Your Leadership Style & Goal Setting Tips.”
The summit kicked off on Sunday at the Williamsburg Hospitality House with a DiSC Session presented by Leslie Barnes, Assistant Director of Athletics for Student Welfare at Duke University. DiSC is a model of human behavior that helps people understand “why they do what they do.” The DiSC dimensions of behavior (Dominance, Influencing, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness) make up the DiSC model and interact with other factors to describe the typical behavioral styles of individuals. Following that presentation, the group headed across the street to the William & Mary Alumni House for dinner followed by the CRONS Achievers Program. The facilitators of the program were Sotiris Aggelou, CRONS Vice President of Brand Development, and Anthony Griggs, CRONS Achiever Trainer. The CRONS team guided CAA SAAC representatives and advisors through the goal setting, tracking and achievement process.
On Monday the student-athletes met with CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager to discuss a variety of hot topics. Among the discussion items were social networking and new media, proposed NCAA legislation and the effects it will have on the student-athlete experience, the NCAA Student-Athlete Assistance Fund, new legislation regarding cost of attendance and multiyear grants and opportunities for internships. The participants heard from Jessica Williams, the CAA representative on the national SAAC and a VCU track student-athlete, on her committee’s work and national issues. The campus SAAC advisors also discussed their own hot topics including the CAA Blood Challenge, Social Media, Student-Athlete Handbooks, campus SAAC activities and events, and Crisis Management.
The 2011 CAA SAAC Leadership Summit was also used to introduce student-athletes to a conference web-initiative designed just for them. “WeAreTheCAA” is a website where CAA student-athletes can interact with one another regardless of school or sport. The purpose of the site is to highlight student-athlete achievement, community outreach, conference championship activity, academic and athletic awards, SAAC news, and much more. It also provides forums and blogs where CAA student-athletes can share their experiences.
The summit concluded with the student-athletes expressing interest in staying in touch with one another and continuing to share ideas, and to spread the word among their teammates about the new website, WeAreTheCAA.com.